I have been CC almost since the beginning, and been looking forward to OC from day 1. Then I found out my job will have me out of state for the big day. As far as a learning curve and educating LE and the general population, that will be an ongoing process that will last for months and years. So don't be surprised if there are still people being educated when you get to join the OC crowd. Still, keep reading and studying and be ready when it happens.
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