Utah Concealed Weapons Permits see Surge in Popularity

It is too bad other states aren’t following Utah’s example of concealed carry permit issuance.

Via the Standard Examiner:

A crackdown on illegible fingerprints has failed to slow sustained increases in the number of concealed-carry firearm permits being granted in Utah.

The state counted 662,720 valid concealed-carry permits as of June 30, the end of the most recent fiscal year, data from the Bureau of Criminal Identification shows. That’s an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous year, and 74.3 percent over five years ago.

Terrorism, mass shootings, fear of local crime and political battles over gun control have helped fuel the ongoing surge of firearms’ popularity in Utah. The BCI, with a $15 million annual budget, must check and process all permits, issue suspensions and revocations, and stay up to date with federal criminal and firearms regulations and technology changes.

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