Concealed carry permits are on the rise in the Hoosier State.
The number of Hoosiers who hold active licenses to carry handguns has grown by nearly 50 percent since 2012, according to an IndyStar analysis, and the state is on pace to issue substantially more licenses than it did last year.
IndyStar analyzed data kept by the Indiana State Police regarding handgun permit holders. In Indiana, residents do not need a permit to buy a gun or to carry a rifle, and permits are not required to go target shooting or to keep guns at home. Permits are needed only to carry handguns in public.
In short: The data offer only a limited glimpse into how many Hoosiers are gun owners.
The numbers do, though, show a clear increase in the number of Hoosiers who want the option to carry a handgun in public. In the first three months of 2016, the state approved more than 50,000 carry permits, more than half of the total number of permits approved in 2015.
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