San Bernardino Shooting Prompts Rise In Concealed Gun Permit Requests


Authorities around the U.S. are getting a flood of applications to carry concealed weapons after the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Ca., especially in locations near sites of other mass shootings, the Wall Street Journal reports. The spike is perhaps most pronounced in California. The Sheriff's Office in San Bernardino, site of the massacre that left 14 dead and 21 injured, said it had received about 80 applications for concealed-carry permits by early this week, compared with the 10 or 12 in a typical week. Applications are up in several neighboring counties. Arapahoe County, Co., where James Holmes killed 12 and injured 70 others in a 2012 movie-theater shooting, is getting nearly 60 applications daily, far above the normal 15-20. Allegheny County, Pa., where a gunman killed four and injured nine at a health club in 2009, has seen applications in the past week “rise significantly,” says Kevin Kraus, chief deputy sheriff.

“I think Paris put personal safety on people's minds, but San Bernardino has brought it home,” said Steve Gabbitas, a spokesman for Kern County, northeast of Los Angeles. The county was on pace to get 250 concealed-carry applications in December, more than twice the number in a typical month, he said. Some sheriffs are asking people to carry firearms. “I want to encourage citizens of Ulster County [N.Y.] who are licensed to carry a firearm to PLEASE DO SO,” wrote Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum on his office's Facebook page. Justin Anderson of Hyatt Guns in Charlotte, N.C, he has seen a rise in the last week in requests for “small Rugers, Glocks, Smith & Wessons,” weapons geared for concealed carry. “The panic after Sandy Hook was a worry that the government was going to pass more gun regulations,” he said. “The driver after San Bernardino seems to be personal safety.”

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