Californians have flooded several sheriff offices with applications and inquiries for permits to carry concealed guns.
Sheriffs in some politically conservative or rural counties reported spikes in applications while other counties in the state experienced smaller increases.
Demand is being driven by a 9th U.S. District Court of Appeals ruling last month that made it easier for residents to obtain the hard-to-get permits.
The ruling eliminated the requirement of applicants to show "good cause" for a permit. The court said a desire for self-defense was enough to qualify for a permit.
The ruling has been put on hold pending the state attorney general's appeal of the decision. At least three counties have loosened their policies anyway and are processing applications under the new rules adopted because of the ruling.