Demand for concealed carry rises PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK, Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 29 April 2013 08:46
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The Wood County Sheriff's Office has seen an uptick in concealed-carry applications over the last year.
The office handles CCW requests for the county.
"My schedule has been out farther," said Deputy Isaiah Loar, who works with CCW applicants, "because we do everything by appointment in Wood County."
There currently is a six-week waiting period just to see Loar for a CCW appointment. He generally interviews 25 to 30 applicants a day, averaging four per hour.
"I've been in this position for two-and-a-half years, and it's been slowly increasing."
The number of applicants began to take off, he said, following the Colorado movie theater shootings last summer, a Portland, Ore., mall shooting in December, and the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut just days later.
"I think gun violence has been highlighted in the news a lot, so I think people are seeing gun violence" as a reason to get a CCW, said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. "I think there is a fear that there are going to be stricter gun controls and maybe even people fear their rights of being able to carry" might be abridged.
Wasylyshyn said he believes some are seeking CCWs now out of a belief that, if gun rights are diminished in the future, they might still be "grandfathered in."
"I personally am a strong believer in the Second Amendment," he said. "People have a right to protect themselves and I see no reason why law-abiding people shouldn't have guns to protect themselves."
Among the requirements to receive a CCW is the completion of a 12-hour course, which includes 10 classroom hours covering the safe handling of a handgun and ammunition, and two hours of practical training including live firing. A backgroud check is also part of the process.
Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013 08:59
 

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