Gun Permits On The Rise
(Le Mars) -- The number of people seeking permits to carry hand guns in Plymouth County has seen a dramatic increase, especially since the November elections. Plymouth County Sheriff, Mike Van Otterloo says since the election, Plymouth County has issued 227 total permits to carry a hand gun, and the county has issued 84 permits to purchase a hand gun. During the year of 2012, a total of 546 permits to carry a hand gun were issued, along with 170 permits to purchase a hand gun. Back in 2011, the Iowa legislature changed the rules making it somewhat easier to acquire a permit to purchase and a permit to carry hand guns. Sheriff Van Otterloo says Plymouth County residents have taken advantage of the new rules.
Van Otterloo says people give many reasons for wanting to carry a hand gun.
The Plymouth County sheriff says, in general, he is not worried about the people who have filed to carry a hand gun.
Van Otterloo offers his opinions about the high number of people seeking gun permits.
Gun permits are for either hand guns or rifles, long barreled guns, such as shotguns are excluded.
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