Concealed-carry permits exploding

Jul 29, 2013 by

More people in Colorado than ever before are attempting to legally carry a concealed gun, and by no small margin.

It’s 87 percent more.

And while 2012 saw a sizable increase from 2011 of permit seekers, that figure pales in comparison to this year.

From January to June, 31,518 background checks were processed for concealed-carry permits by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to bureau data. For the same period last year, there were only 16,886 processed.

In addition, more background checks have been processed in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2011 — and only 1,305 fewer than the total for all of 2012.

Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the demand for permits has become so great, he had to add staff to keep up with applicant numbers.

Experts differ on the motivating factors behind the soaring numbers.

University of Colorado at Boulder professor Hillary Potter said the driving force behind permit seekers 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, an associate professor in the department of sociology.

The new state laws include mandating universal background checks for gun sales, a 15-round limit on firearm magazines, and banning online-only concealed-carry certification training.

“It’s groups spreading fear,” Potter said. “I’m not surprised.”

via Colorado concealed-carry permits see dramatic increase in 2013 – The Denver Post.

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