More people in Colorado than ever before are attempting to carry a concealed gun legally, and by no small margin. It’s 87 percent more, says the Denver Post. While 2012 saw a sizable increase from 2011 of permit seekers, that figure pales in comparison to this year. From January to June, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation processed 31,518 background checks, compared with 16,886 last year. University of Colorado sociologist Hillary Potter said the driving force may be political. “A lot of people are concerned with what the government did (by passing gun-control laws), and they are feeling restricted,” said Potter. Others contend the skyrocketing numbers are a direct result of preparedness. “More people are realizing they are responsible for their own protection,” said Richard Abramson of the Centennial Gun Club, which trains 500 students a month.