Ind. Gun Permit Applications Skyrocketed In ’13

Posted On February 17, 2014

gun-conceal-carry-pants.jpg(Undated) – The number of gun permits being approved by the State of Indiana surged in 2013, in the wake of the Sandy Hook School massacre and promises of tighter gun restrictions from the White House.

In 2013, Indiana State Police issued 111,000 personal protection permits. That’s up 83 percent from the number of permits given in 2012, according to the Evansville Courier & Press.

About 23,000 applications were submitted in January 2013 alone, following the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. At one point, the state police were receiving as many as 4,000 applications in a week.

To address a backlog in permit processing, the state police added five new employees to process the barrage of applications. Last March, the agency began accepting only electronic applications. Applications are to be granted or denied within 60 days of being received by the Indiana State Police.

Indiana currently has more than 538,000 active firearms license holders, the Courier & Press reported.

More information on the gun permit application process can be found on the Indiana State Police website at http://www.in.gov/isp/2829.htm.