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Published April 25, 2013, 06:58 PM

Increased concealed weapons permit demand creates new position in sheriff's department

Applications for concealed weapon permits continue to pile up in Grand Forks County at an all time high. The applications are coming in so fast - - that the sheriff's department was forced to create a new position to help process them.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Applications for concealed weapon permits continue to pile up in Grand Forks County at an all time high.

The applications are coming in so fast - - that the sheriff's department was forced to create a new position to help process them. One staff member used to spend about two hours, twice each week assisting with concealed weapon permit applications - - now that job is a full time job. A new staff member is starting May 1st at the sheriff's office and her sole job is to fingerprint applicants for those weapon permits. The sheriff's department noticed an influx in concealed weapons applications after this past presidential election. As it stands, appointments have been booked for the next three to four weeks. Since the increase in demand the hours have changed. Residents can get finger prints done from 1-5pm monday through thursday and 1-4pm on friday. The Sheriffs department has not shown any concern with the increase in the concealed weapons permit demand. The department says the increase is likely a result of people wanting to ensure that they're grandfathered in before any potential new restrictions.

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