Concealed weapons permit requests soar in wake of San Bernardino terror attack

“SAN BERNARDINO>> Applications for permits to carry a concealed weapon have soared 750 percent in San Bernardino County following the Dec. 2 terrorism attack, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, officials said this week.

Typically the department processes 10 permits a week, but since the attack at the Inland Regional Center, which killed 14 and wounded 22, the number has soared to 75, said Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s department spokesman.

The ripple of fear rolling out from the unlikely strike location, in what one BBC radio newsman called ‘a sleepy part of Southern California,’ has been far-ranging.

The week of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack applications for the CCW permit increased 600 percent in Orange County, said Lt. Jim Hallock, of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. But after that week, levels returned to 20 permit requests per week, he said.

In Riverside County, there was a sharp spike as well. Deputy Michael Vasquez said the department has noticed a spike in interest since Dec. 2, which seems to be continuing. As a result of that increase, the process will be slowed down for new applicants, although just how much lengthier has not been determined.

Los Angles County Sheriff’s Department officials could not be reached for comment.

Bachman said in San Bernardino County that appointments for a mandated interview on the request, which have run about four months out, are now booked through June.

‘It doesn’t concern me that law-abiding, mentally sound people are getting concealed weapons permits,’ said Jarrod Burguan, San Bernardino police chief.

‘I will say from having a gun, pretty much my whole adult life, there is a lot of responsibility that comes with it,’ Burguan said.

It’s one thing to be wearing a gun, stuck in your waistband when you are wearing a jacket. It’s another to be carrying a gun wearing workout clothes.”

(Via.) The Sun <—Read more here

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