SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Concealed carry license applications in Lane County are rapidly increasing, but some of those people may have to wait until spring until they actually get approved.
Local firing ranges have been really busy lately accommodating all the people trying to get their gun permits.
Oregon law requires you pass a gun safety class before you actually get your license to carry a concealed weapon. But with a record number of applicants lately, those classes are getting booked quicker than ever.
“The classes are filled up through April,” said John Umenhofer.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says in 2012 it saw 700 more applications than in 2011.
In December alone, 330 people applied for a permit. But before they can legally carry, they need to educate themselves.
“There’s a lot of people. I think the concern for personal safety has really gone up,” Umenhofer said.
He says the class is a crucial part of gun ownership, and applicants need to know the responsibility of owning a gun.
“Our classes go from seven to eight hours so we’re really committed to giving as much information as we can,” Umenhofer said.
He says he wouldn’t mind if more classes in the area would follow his lead and provide a more thorough education. For him, there’s simply a lot people who need to know if they really want to carry a firearm.
0:16 safety instructors say there’s no easy fix to the issue of gun safety but it all starts with proper education.