Gun Permits On The Rise After Last Year’s New Law

Date posted - February 22, 2012

Apparently there are more people carrying concealed weapons than is immediately apparent — and that number is going up. Or at least the number of people who QUALIFY to carry a concealed weapon is going up.

Records show that there’s been a big increase in handgun permits since the new “shall issue” law went into effect last year. Permits have been on a steady rise for the last number of years from around 23,000 in the late 1990’s to about 39,000 in 2010. Then last year, the number jumped to over 101,000.

Tom Traughber of Sheldon is a gun class instructor and he says he thinks the new law has a lot to do with it.
Traughber says before that, Iowa was a “may issue” state.

He says there are other reasons at work too.
On a related note, there will be a gun show on March 24th in Sheldon at the National Guard Armory. We’ll have more with Tom Traughber about the gun show, gun laws, preferred gun-carrying protocol, and gun safety on future newscasts here on KIWA.

By Scott Van Aartsen

News Director

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