Boone County Carry and Conceal Applications down from 2009

8 years 6 months 10 hours ago Friday, November 19 2010 Nov 19, 2010 Friday, November 19, 2010 10:54:08 PM CST November 19, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA--As of Nov. 19, the number of new Boone County residents who applied for carry and conceal weapons licenses this year stood at 317 people. Last year, the number of people who got carry and conceal permits stood at 485 people. Even though 2010 still has 42 days left, this year's numbers still rank 271 percent higher than the numbers from 2007, when only 116 Boone County residents applied.

Target Masters Asst. Manager Jim Hill attributes the larger numbers over the last three years to crime and a scare that president Barack Obama would get rid of the carry and conceal law. People who want to get their permits have to take a class before they can get it. Target Masters on Rangeline St. in Columbia offers the class."

We're getting people from all over the state," Hill said about the people who take it. "We get a lot of people from the rural communities."

Columbia resident Chris Woodson got his permit in April of 2010 and took his class at Target Masters. He says the people who go there learn more than just how to use a gun.

"There's a section they covered just about being cognizant of where you're at and not putting yourself in situations that are dangerous," Woodson said.

Woodson has only carried a concealed gun in public twice since getting his permit. During one of those times, he carried one just to see how he felt while being in public.

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