Sheriff's Office extends fingerprinting hours for concealed carry applications
|Updated: 7/10/2013 9:28 pm
||Published: 7/10/2013 9:18 pm
More people are choosing to arm themselves in Rogers County.
In fact, the number of people applying for concealed carry has "overwhelmed" the Sheriff’s Office.
"When I started we did a half a dozen a day, 10 was a big day," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.
He told FOX23's Dontaye Carter that number has more than doubled. Now they're seeing 40 to 50 people coming in a day to get fingerprinted for the concealed carry application.
"We're not a unique county in that way. Any sheriff's office of the 77 of the state of Oklahoma will tell you they've seen a dramatic increase in this," he said. "We're just a very populated county."
Now the Sheriff’s Office has had to adjust.
"I'm not surprised it's taking so long," said Randall Kidd, a gun carry permit holder. He said it's just a product of the times we live in.
"There have been so many instances like Aurora and Sandy Hook, the shootings, people are finally waking up that police can't be everywhere at once," he said.
In addition to normal business hours, the Sheriff’s Office will accept applicants every Tuesday evening and every other weekend.
"The wait can be lengthy and we're trying to expedite that," said Walton.
Walton is advising people to an appointment to avoid long lines.
For more information on setting up an appointment you can call 918-342-9700 ext 141 or log on to http://www.rcsheriff.org/page.php?id=2.
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