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Concealed Pistol Licenses On The Climb

Requests for a license to purchase a handgun are on the rise in Ingham County.

Michigan State Police tell 6News that last year there were more than 6700 requests, up a thousand over last year.

6 News reporter Nick Perreault explains concealed weapons permits in the county also noticed an increase.

Looking at the numbers Major Joe Maatman says it's clear, gun licenses are going up.

In 2012, 2,443 applications were filed with the Ingham County Sheriff's Office for a license to purchase a handgun.

"That's a significant number of people coming in," Maatman said.

Maatman says his office has seen an increase between 10 and 20 percent each year since 2010, for both license to purchase a handgun and to carry a concealed weapon.

"You have to look at the economy, you have to look at crime stats, lets look at the number of police jobs that have been cut since 9-11."

But Maatman says just because the number of permits is going up, doesn't mean they're easier to get.

"We do the background checks, we do the finger printing and then it goes to the prosecuting attorney's office where gun board is held twice a month," Major Maatman said.

That board can grant, deny or delay access to a gun permit.

It's a lengthy process, but one Maatman says in necessary.

"I think it's a good checks and balances to make sure the right people, get the rights they have to either own a weapon or carry concealed."

And the major says if you end up purchasing a weapon, make sure you have proper identification to have that handgun.

"The sheriff's office and every other police agency enforces those laws and right now the laws allow people to have guns and to have CPL's and we are going to follow the law."


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