Gun permits surge in Hamilton County

Rise fueled by concerns for personal safety

WESTFIELD, Ind. - As the homicide rate in Indianapolis becomes an increasing concern, gun permits are up substantially across central Indiana.

The recent surge in homicides in Marion County has people on edge. From 2012 to 2013, gun permits in Hamilton County increased by nearly 30 percent.

It was a busy Friday night at Tim’s Shooting Academy of Westfield. The women at the range said their main interest was in protection against criminals.

Gun permits for women statewide increased by about 35 percent from 2012 to 2013.

"I feel like I'm protecting my family more so you know if it's just me obviously I'll protect myself, but it's more knowing that my family and me will be safe and OK if something like that was to happen," Lora Watts said.

Ryan Catt grew up with guns, but his wife Ashley did not. They were spending date night at the range so Ashley could get training and experience firing a gun.

She said it was a different feeling and it was hard to focus, but their main concern was for personal safety.

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