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Concealed-carry permits see spike

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

If you plan on holstering a pistol with the hopes that no body will notice, well you might have to wait in line.

The Moody County Sheriff’s Department has seen an aggressive spike in the number of concealed-carry permit applications crossing their desk in 2013 for the entire month of January, the office has processed 38 applications, 25 more than January 2012.

Does it have to do with the pending arguments of gun laws in our country since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newton, CT? Probably, but the increase is even higher than the spike they saw in February of 2012 when there was a school shooting at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio, where there were 21 permits processed.

In just one month, the Sheriff’s office has processed 28% of what they did all of last year (137).

Although the numbers are higher, the Sheriff’s office has always taken the full five days required by law to process the permits and that will not change despite the increase in numbers, you may just have to wait in line to turn it in.

It is not just Moody County, Brookings County Sheriff told the Brookings Register that they are handling eight applications a day through the first two weeks of 2013; they were only dealing with three a day in 2012.

The application costs $10 and each individual is required to go through a background check.

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