There has really been a national explosion in the number of concealed handgun permits the last couple of years. Here is a story on Virginia
Virginia's permit requests, gun sales rise at record clip
By Louis Hansen
© June 8, 2009
Driven by safety concerns or political angst, gun sales and applications for concealed-carry permits are booming.
Applications for concealed-carry permits statewide have jumped 42 percent from the same period last year, when the state issued a record number, according to the Virginia Supreme Court. In South Hampton Roads, this year's requests are running nearly 40 percent over last year's. Most are granted.
In May, the number of active concealed-weapons permits in Virginia reached 188,900,according to the Virginia State Police. More people than ever are eligible to carry concealed handguns in the state.
Reported firearms sales by licensed dealers and gun shops in Virginia have also skyrocketed.
Dealers sold 60 percent more guns in November 2008 than they had in November 2007, according to State Police records. Sales by licensed dealers are on pace to break last year's record by more than 30 percent. The totals do not include private sales. . . .
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