By Carlos Alcalá
A year after taking office El Dorado County Sheriff John D'Agostini reported that his office issued nearly four times as many concealed weapons permits in 2011 as in the previous year.
The total number of permits was 844, according to a statement by D'Agostini issued by the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office.
The office issued 217 permits in 2010, just over a fourth of the amount for 2011.
D'Agostini took office in January 2011 after an extended election campaign dominated by discussion of the gun issue.
"I am a strong believer in the Constitution and the Second Amendment guaranteeing our right to keep and bear arms," D'Agostini said in the release.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones also loosened permit issuance in 2011, issuing four times as many permits by August as had been issued in all of 2010.
Call The Bee's Carlos Alcalá, (916) 321-1987.