Indiana gun permit applications surge 83 percent

by Associated Press |  |  published on February 18, 2014

EVANSVILLE — The number of gun permits issued by the state rose by 83 percent during 2013 compared with the previous year, according to Indiana State Police.

The state issued 111,000 personal protection permits in 2013, and at year’s end Indiana had 538,000 active firearms license holders, the Evansville Courier & Press reported Sunday.

“It really was an aberration of things happening nationally in politics, and both sides, pro-gun and anti-gun, making an issue of it,” Capt. David Bursten said, referring to the surge of license applications.

State police had generally received about 4,500 applications until last year, when deadly shooting events, including the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut in December 2012, led President Barack Obama to seek stricter ammunition policies and universal background checks. Indiana gun permit applications surged to 23,000 in January 2013, and applications for the first six months of the year reached 90,000.

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