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Concealed carry permits on the rise

Shootings, gun control laws, drug crimes likely contributing to increase


ABOVE: Glen Embry, left, a certified National Rifle Association firearms instructor, watches as students fire their weapons at targets during a concealed carry class Saturday afternoon. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Adam Upah of Cable and other students fire their weapons at targets. (EXAMINER PHOTOS| REUBEN MEES)

Recent mass shootings and threats of gun control laws in their wakes are playing a significant role in a recent uptick in concealed carry permits issued in Ohio.

“I’ve always wanted to do this even before all the mass shootings,” David Haines of Indian Lake said before hitting the firing range during a concealed carry class Saturday.

“My buddy did it about a month ago, so I thought I would go ahead and do it. But I can’t disregard the fact that things are going bad; so that had something to do with it,” he said.

For Dick Goldsmith of rural Bellefontaine, threats of tighter restrictions on gun ownership and concealed carry permits prompted him to take the 12-hour course.

“It’s only going to get tougher if we don’t take it now,” he said. “It’s only going to get harder and harder with more hours of class time, and if you don’t have it, you won’t get grandfathered in.”

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