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Published March 27, 2013, 05:49 PM

Rising demand for concealed carry permits, shortage of ammo

The number of people applying for concealed weapons permits in Grand Forks County has skyrocketed. In just the past two weeks, nearly 200 local applications were submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Bismarck.

The number of people applying for concealed weapons permits in Grand Forks County has skyrocketed. In just the past two weeks, nearly 200 local applications were submitted to the Bureau of Criminal Investigations in Bismarck.

Sheriff Bob Rost says a year ago his department would typically sift through 25 concealed weapons applications in a month, but now that number has nearly quadrupled. The sheriff doesn't expect it to go down anytime soon, either.

The process of receiving a weapons permit can take up to 12 weeks, but once you receive one, finding ammunition for the weapon has become increasingly tough.

Rost: "It has a lot to do with people thinking there's going to be a ban on weapons and they want to stay ahead of the game."

Mike Raymond, Home of Economy: "We're all part of the problem if we're a shooter because I probably have more ammo at home than I need right now but everybody's doing that if they find it because they don't want to run out."

Rost also says he's noticed an increase in women applying for concealed permits.

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