- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has tightened requirements for obtaining a concealed-weapons permit following an appeals court decision to take up the gun rules again.

The Orange County Register says (https://bit.ly/1I7OlXt) the decision announced Wednesday will affect about 7,000 concealed weapons permit applications currently being processed.

For the last year, after the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said rules on concealed weapons in Orange County were too tough, Hutchens offered a more relaxed policy that allowed people to get a permit without a specific reason.

But on March 26, the court made a second decision - this time that the full 14-judge panel will hear the gun issue once more. The newspaper says that essentially erased the earlier ruling.

The full appellate court will hear the case June 15.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, https://www.ocregister.com

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