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Applications for gun permits skyrocket in Wake County

Posted January 15, 2013

— Applications for gun permits in Wake County nearly tripled in the last six weeks over the same time period last year, according to the Wake County Sheriff's Office.

From Dec. 1, 2012, to Jan. 11, 2013, 3,628 people applied for and were granted permits. In the same time period a year earlier, 1,372 applied for permits and were granted.

The sheriff's office, which administers applications for the county, could not say how the Dec. 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., affected the number of permits.

People filling out the applications at the sheriff's office Tuesday said that, although the Connecticut shootings and other gun threats aren't the only reasons they were seeking a permit, there's no doubt the public violence has created a higher sense of urgency.

"With all these shootings in the schools and being a single mom, I felt like I had to go and apply for a concealed weapons permit," said Nancy Wade.

Others are concerned about how gun laws could change. President Barack Obama is set to announce proposed measures Wednesday to tackle gun violence.

"I think a lot of people are afraid that right is going to be taken away from them," said gun owner Amber Skrzypek.

Skrzypek says she believes the public has nothing to fear from gun owners like herself who follow the law.

"It's when it falls into the wrong hands that it becomes a bad thing," she said.

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  • commonsense4 Jan 17, 4:35 p.m.

    "I see that as usual, liberal anti-gunners are wetting their panties again. You people should really grow up. We're here, we're armed, get used to it."

    Congratulations on wasting your money due to your paranoid delusions! Your weapons would never do anything against the US Armed Forces.

  • 00100111 Jan 17, 11:28 a.m.

    I see that as usual, liberal anti-gunners are wetting their panties again. You people should really grow up. We're here, we're armed, get used to it.

  • lasm Jan 16, 3:58 p.m.

    trueblue0100:"some of you same people who have rushed out to purchase a gun will die by those same weapons or have children who do." Well, the "ignorant people (who) act ignorantly" as welfarequeen said, may very well have this to happen. However, most gun owners are NOT ignorant. If anyone thinks your statement is a reason NOT to buy/own a gun, then they don't live in the real world. You wouldn't decline to buy a car just because some irresponsible person(s) drive drunk, speed, drive recklessly, etc. Guns are tools-to be used for the purpose they were made for........protection, killing for food, etc. The Constitution gives us the RIGHT to "keep and bear arms" to discourage tyranny.

  • moonpie Jan 16, 3:48 p.m.

    "NRA is discounting their "Lifetime Membership" from $1000 to $300 dollars, and their one year membership from $60.00 to $20.00"

    That's still $20 too much....

  • superman Jan 16, 3:27 p.m.

    People should start buying guns. People reading these posts today wont live long enough to see this country get strong again. The jobs are gone and we are in the back pockets of foreign countries. Unemployment will not only continue but increase as well. They going to cut unemployment benefits and people will continue to be more and more desperate. Desperate people do desperate things.

  • Bartmeister Jan 16, 3:22 p.m.

    seems the NRA is discounting their "Lifetime Membership" from $1000 to $300 dollars, and their one year membership from $60.00 to $20.00............... SouthernPackerFan

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    Whew, thank goodness I didn't over pay. Love getting a bargain, don't you? This tells me that there were a lot of people that wanted to join but couldn't swing the extra expense.

  • davidk_at_unc Jan 16, 2:23 p.m.

    "Some associate the word assault with the word gun. I associate the word welfare with the word democrat. Which one is more true?" -- lessismore

    Actually, the first one is MUCH more true. SURPRISE! Talk about tossing a soft ball. THANKS!

    http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/11/05/proof-that-red-states-are-the-real-welfare-states/

    http://thecentristword.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/red-states-addiction-to-welfare-a-gop-dilema/

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-19/blame-fdr-and-lbj-for-moocher-paradox-in-red-states.html

  • davidk_at_unc Jan 16, 2:15 p.m.

    "I would hate to live in your world. You must live in fear all the time, of everything." -- lessismore

    Yeh, sorta like all those people who feel it's necessary to carry a gun with them everywhere they go. What are YOU so afraid of? How is that different?

  • junkmail5 Jan 16, 1:39 p.m.

    seems you forgot Paul Harvey and the "Rest of the Story" seems the NRA is discounting their "Lifetime Membership" from $1000 to $300 dollars, and their one year membership from $60.00 to $20.00...............
    SouthernPackerFan

    and that's relevant... how?

    Or do you think people who have no interest in the NRA, and do not support their agenda, are sending money and joining simply because membership is on sale?

    If so I have a bridge to sell you... and it's on sale!

  • SouthernPackerFan Jan 16, 1:23 p.m.

    Just hilarious. Lets keep the gun violence up due to many with the completely paranoid fear of another Hitler. Ridiculous to see poor people using their last dollars on doomsday preparations that will never be needed. And if they really were needed, it sure would be great to live by yourself in an underground bunker worried for your life everyday.

    Irrational fears lead to irrational behavior!

    commonsense4
    Tell them not to forget their Zombie Max Ammo (Not kidding) they actually make it.... for after the doomsday they will need all of it they can carry.......

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