The number of people applying for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana has risen since Hurricane Katrina hit last summer, reports the Associated Press. It might due to a backlog, or to local crime increases, officials said. Interest in concealed-weapons safety classes is down from the 10 months in 2002-03 when police were searching South Louisiana for a serial killer, said Capt. Bobby Font of the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Applications for the permits fell 15 percent in September, the month after the storm, and rose 20 percent in October, says the Louisiana State Police. It has since grown 34 percent to 195 in March and April. Major crime in Baton Rouge has increased slightly during the first three months of the year.