Handgun license applications spike after Boston bombing

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 4/30/2013 9:04 am Published: 4/26/2013 7:57 pm

The Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office says more people have been applying for hand gun licenses following the bombing at the Boston Marathon.

Public Information Officer, Major Shannon Clark tells FOX23 over the past few weeks they have noticed an increase of applications for concealed carry handgun licenses at the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Records’ Department.

“Since the Boston bombing took place a spike happened,” said Major Clark. “The records department tells me that the amount immediately spiked and the next dat they saw a bigger line of people waiting.”

Major Clark says it is not uncommon to see this kind of a trend following a major tragedy.

Until recently, Major Clark says the number hand gun licensing applications had tapered off slightly.

FOX23 spoke with Tulsan, Lucius Aunko, before he applied for concealed carry permit. He says he had been meaning to go through the process for a while but decided that now was the time to do it.

“It’s a little different world that we live in now and we realize that,” said Aunko," And we can't be in control of everything but we have to be prepared for it just in case."

Licensing a handgun follows firearm training. Major Clark says applicants must then submit a photo, fingerprints, a background check and a money order during the licensing process. The information is then submitted to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for background checks.

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Bobber Bob - 4/26/2013 8:30 PM
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Is it any wonder that people are realizing that we live in a dangerous world and the Police can not protect us as well as we would want them to. Carrying a firearm is a great responsibility that should not be taken lightly. So if you are considering carrying a firearm or simply buying one to keep in your home then please get some professional training. Since I started carrying a gun I have become more aware of my surroundings. I avoid trouble like the plague and walk away from a possible confrontation without a second thought. However, if I am backed into a situation where I believe that I or my wife is in imminent peril, I will engage the threat until it is no longer a threat. I know that any round fired has 50 lawyers and a District Attorney attached to it so I won't be firing any rounds to protect someone that I do not know, no matter the situation. The Police will investigate your murder/rape/assault but they can not prevent it - you are responsible for your own protection until the police arrive. The choice is clear, you can believe the government (Police) will protect you or, you can commit the time and money necessary to become proficient with your weapon of choice. When seconds count, the police are always minutes away.
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