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Concealed pistol license applications spike in county

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
Published: December 8, 2015, 7:24pm

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has seen what Sheriff Chuck Atkins is describing as a dramatic increase in the number of new concealed pistol license applications in the past few weeks.

“I want every citizen who applies for a concealed pistol license to be able to receive their license in a timely manner, so I have authorized additional staff hours to be dedicated toward processing these applications, as well as to background checks being submitted for new firearm purchases,” Atkins said in a Facebook post.

As of Tuesday, the sheriff’s office had issued 216 concealed pistol licenses since Dec. 1. In November, a month with 18 total working days, staff processed 610 licenses. The office issued 690 licenses in October.

News outlets around the state have reported similar spikes in concealed weapon applications, gun sales and background checks, an indicator for gun sales, in recent weeks, mirroring a pattern that has followed previous mass murders.

By The Numbers: Concealed pistol license application spike

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has seen a dramatic increase in the number of new concealed pistol applications in the past few weeks. 

Average number of licenses issued monthly from January to September: 470

Licenses issued in October alone: 690

Licenses issued so far this year: 5,735

On average, the sheriff’s office issues 470 licenses monthly from January to September.

The sheriff’s office said it has issued 5,735 licenses so far this year.

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Columbian environment and transportation reporter