Gun permit applications skyrocket

Gun permit applications skyrocket

Posted: Monday, June 23, 2008 10:30 pm
By: AP

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Safety Department records show applications to carry concealed handguns more than tripled between 2006 and 2007. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported the number of Tennessee residents applying for permits to legally carry handguns skyrocketed from 237 in 2003 to 195,251 last year. Chattanooga-area gun shop owners say they aren’t sure why so many people are applying, but they say required handgun training classes are in demand. Course instructor Mark Has-kins, who also heads Chatta-nooga’s SWAT team, said he’s taught a class every Saturday so far this year. www.timesfreepress.com Published in The Messenger 6.23.08

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