The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department's calendar for applicants seeking a concealed weapons permit is booked to the end of the year, according to authorities.
Residents can still submit applications, but must watch the department's website for a cancellation of an existing appointment, said sheriff's spokesman Deputy Jason Ramos.
The full calendar reflects the intense interest in concealed weapon permits since the agency relaxed its approach to such permits. Sheriff Scott Jones has said that under his watch, it would take serious issues such as criminal or mental health issues to keep an applicant from receiving a permit.
Ramos said the department has been receiving 40 to 50 applications a week. Roughly 2,000 people already are in varying stages of the application process, he said.
The department issued 1,342 permits in 2011, Ramos said. A total of 1,708 Sacramento County residents currently have permits.
For more information about the permit process, go here.