TF County Sees Uptick In Controlled Weapons Permits Applications


By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV/KTWT-TV) Americans want their guns and they want them now. The FBI recorded 2.8 million background checks in December, setting a record. That compared to December 2011, when the agency processed 1.9 million.

But why the increase? Is it the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, a possible gun ban or politics? Or a combination of the three.

Ryan Horsley, General Manager, Red's Trading Post says, "we're scrambling to find any kind of inventory at this point."

If you walk into Red's Trading Post, you might find an unfamiliar sight...bare shelves.

Horsley adds, "we have 25 different distributors. We're in a buying group, we're trying anything we can to get any type of inventory in and unfortunately we're getting affected by price gouging as well."

Horsley believes with the call for a gun ban, it's making gun owners shiver, hence the purchase for firearms ensues.

"Senator Feinstein's legislation for a new assault–weapons ban is far worse than the assault weapons ban of 1994...this also calls for the ban of any high capacity magazines and also basically trying to transfer any firearm," adds Horsley.

Consumer demand for guns may have produced an uptick in the FBI record–number background checks.

Staff Sgt. Doug Sudgen Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office adds, "I'm not surprised by this. Usually with every event that happens that is negative toward guns, gun sales, something about gun control comes up. I see a huge influx, always."

Locally, the numbers have skyrocketed since 2009. Nearly 1500 applications for concealed weapons permits have been processed in this time...accounting for 34% of the total since 1990.

Sugden adds, "since Obama's been elected, it's really been more non–stop."

Sugden processed 31 applications in September and 28 in October, which is right around the average. Since then, November saw 55 and then 60 in December.

"I foresee at least another 50 or 60 a month at the rate I'm going. It's only the 4th of January and I have 18 scheduled."

While the government keeps track of background checks, it does not follow how many guns have been sold.

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