CCW Permit Applications on the Rise in Nevada

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At the Carson City Sheriff's Office, the pile of applications for concealed weapons permits is stacking up.

"Just extremely busy. There's really no downtime," says Karie Maxwell, who handles the permits. "We've more than doubled what we've normally done."

Just in the last couple of months. And the Sheriff thinks he knows why. He says he noticed the spike in CCW applications right after the Newtown, Connecticut shooting and all of the talk last month of stricter gun laws.

"So I think you have two factors taking place at the same time. And many people are making the decisions that they would like to have some sort of personal protection in the event something bad happens to them," says Ken Furlong, Sheriff of Carson City.

Demand isn't just up in the Capital City.

"In December, we saw 263 applications. And in January, we saw 387," says Deputy Armando Avina of the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. That's a 32-percent jump.

Of course, just to apply for a concealed weapons permit, you have to pass a course and those are getting booked up as well. The owner of America West Guns in Carson City teaches those courses and says he has to keep adding more to keep up with the demand.

"We try to maintain at least four to six classes a month and now it's getting up into the 10 to 12 area," he says.