IMPD sees 25 percent increase in gun permits this year

Marion Co. is the most heavily armed in the state

INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police have processed more than 8,000 gun permits this year, an increase of 25 percent over last year.

Marion County is the most heavily armed county in the state, records show.

More than 60,000 residents posses a license to carry a firearm outside their home, and nearly half a million people statewide possess a license to carry a concealed weapon, records show.

Some people attribute the recent spike in permit requests to the turbulent political time.

The Indy Trading post saw its best sales the days before and after the election.

"We're seeing a huge increase in first-time buyers, people coming in for information about guns that have never purchased a firearm before," said Brian Ludlow, owner of The Indy Trading Post.

Whether it is a fear of the government, the economy or fear for one’s own safety, the increase in gun sales is evident at Elmore’s Firearms, where sales of guns and ammunition have increased more than 30 percent this year.

"No one wants to walk around in fear that something is going to happen to them, and they must prepare to defend themselves,” said Russ Elmore, owner of Elmore’s Firearms. “That's not good for anybody. As a businessman, that’s good. As a citizen of this country, it sucks."

Experts recommend first-time gun owners take care to learn how to use and safely store their firearms.

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