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Concealed carry permits soar amid political, safety fears

After a couple of break-ins and with her husband out of town on business at times, Kim Smith Worley decided to take her safety into her own hands.

Just as millions of other Americans have in recent years, she bought a gun and got her concealed carry permit, which allows her to legally carry the weapon on her or in her car, as long as she abides by state laws.

"I just wanted something for protection," Worley said. "I never grew up around firearms, but when I got married, my husband, he had grown up around them and he shoots a lot, so he got me used to them."

Initially, she really didn't want anything to do with them, though. But the break-ins at their west Buncombe residence changed her mind.

"With me being here by myself sometimes, I figured I need to get over that fear," Worley said. "I started going to the gun range with my husband, and I decided to take the course."

Whatever the reason for getting a concealed carry — self-defense, political beliefs about the right to bear arms, worries about terrorism, crime or societal implosion — the numbers of concealed carry permit holders keep rising.

That mirrors a national trend in which the number of concealed carry permit holders rose by 136 percent from 1999 to 2014, when it passed 11.1 million.

In Buncombe County, the number of permits issued in 2010 was 1,238. Last year it was 2,491, a 101 percent jump.

The rise comes amid proposals in the General Assembly to make the process for buying a handgun less burdensome. One would remove a requirement for a county Sheriff's Office permit. Another bill that would create a special class of concealed carry permit holders that would have to undergo extensive training but would then be allowed to carry essentially wherever law enforcement can, with the exception of courtrooms.

The biggest thing I see is it's all ages now," said Jeff Stucker, co-owner of On Target Shooting Range in South Asheville and a gun instructor for 20 years. "It used to be 40- , 50-year-old guys, maybe some in their 20s and 30s. Now, it's almost as many women taking it as men. That's the biggest thing — they want it for self-defense for their home or car."

Getting a permit requires taking a daylong class from a certified instructor, which includes a video, hands-on training and passing a test. Permit holders also have to pass a background check, which includes approval from a doctor, and they must agree to put their fingerprints in the system.

It used to be Stucker would have one or two women in a class of 14 or 15; now it's about half and half, men and women. Stucker charges $75 for the class, and permit applicants also have to pay a $90 fee to the Buncombe County Sheriff's Office.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/05/25/concealed-carry-permits-soar-amid-political-safety-fears/27924555/


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So paranoia is on the rise in Buttcrack, N.C. Hopefully, Obamacare will help those affected.

Tin foil hat removal and bunker extrication are both covered under Obamacare, praise Jeebus.

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Tin foil hat removal and bunker extrication are both covered under Obamacare, praise Jeebus.

What about bed wetting and anxiety attacks from realising that you forgot to put your Block under the pillow?

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It's good to see people taking the training and safety course. I'm all for responsible gun ownership.

Sure, like the moms that get shot by their kids - training, safety courses, conceal carry permits and all that jazz. But hey, no worries, right? At least the woman felt protected by her gun when that bullet smashed through her skull. Good bit of irony when the very gun that you think will save your life actually costs you your life. Happens all the time but people refuse to learn.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/12/31/the-inside-story-of-how-an-idaho-toddler-shot-his-mom-at-wal-mart/

Veronica Rutledge and her husband loved everything about guns. They practiced at shooting ranges. They hunted. And both of them, relatives and friends say, had permits to carry concealed firearms. Veronica typically left her Blackfoot, Idaho, home with her gun nestled at her side. So on Christmas morning last week, her husband gave her a present he hoped would make her life more comfortable: a purse with a special pocket for a concealed weapon.

The day after Christmas, she took her new gift with her on a trip with her husband and her 2-year-old son. They headed hundreds of miles north to the end of a country road where Terry Rutledge, her husband’s father, lived. The father-in-law learned of the new purse.

“It was designed for that purpose — to carry a concealed firearm,” Rutledge told The Washington Post late Tuesday night. “And you had to unzip a compartment to find the handgun.

On Tuesday morning, that was exactly what Veronica Rutledge’s son did — with the most tragic of outcomes. Veronica, 29, arrived at a nearby Wal-Mart in Hayden with her three nieces and son, her gun “zippered closed” inside her new purse, her father-in-law said. Then, in the back of the store, near the electronics section, the purse was left unattended for a moment.

“An inquisitive 2-year-old boy reached into the purse, unzipped the compartment, found the gun and shot his mother in the head,” Rutledge said. “

Edited by Mr. Big Dog

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Maybe bed wetting is a N Carolina thing?

On my course gender wise it was about the same, youngest was a 17 year old lady, oldest was not me!


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Sure, like the moms that get shot by their kids - training, safety courses, conceal carry permits and all that jazz. But hey, no worries, right? At least the woman felt protected by her gun when that bullet smashed through her skull. Good bit of irony when the very gun that you think will save your life actually costs you your life. Happens all the time but people refuse to learn.

Let's see, safety course, hands on training, background check with doctor approval in order to obtain LTC and still not enough for you?


R.I.P Spooky 2004-2015

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Let's see, safety course, hands on training, background check with doctor approval in order to obtain LTC and still not enough for you?

For me? What do I have to do with this? Quite obviously, it wasn't enough for this mother and her kid. And it isn't enough for the thousands of others who have been killed by the very guns that they thought would be there to protect them. They bought into a fatal illusion that's peddled by the gun lobby - and paid with their lives for it.

Edited by Mr. Big Dog

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For me? What do I have to do with this? Quite obviously, it wasn't enough for this mother and her kid. And it isn't enough for the thousands of others who have been killed by the very guns that they thought would be there to protect them. They bought into a fatal illusion that's peddled by the gun lobby - and paid with their lives for it.

This topic is about legal gun ownership, and it has a a lot of hoops to jump through to get the permit. I have been under the impression that you wanted stricter gun control, but since you scoff at the controls in this article, I guess your views are more like Gary's, there should be no gun laws at all. I apologize for mixing things up.


R.I.P Spooky 2004-2015

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This topic is about legal gun ownership, and it has a a lot of hoops to jump through to get the permit. I have been under the impression that you wanted stricter gun control, but since you scoff at the controls in this article, I guess your views are more like Gary's, there should be no gun laws at all. I apologize for mixing things up.

Sorry, spooks but you'll have to re-read. If that is what you took out of my comments, then either I haven't been clear enough or you just have trouble extracting the point from my posts.

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