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More People Applying to Carry a Concealed Gun

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- With more people buying guns, The number of concealed carry permits is going up as well.

In fact, most of the agencies we spoke to Wednesday say they're seeing a huge increase in the number of people not only applying for concealed carry permits, but people just looking for more information about it.

Yakima police say they've seen 60 applications in just the first 18 days of December. They usually see 50 to 60 in a whole month.

Franklin County Sheriff's say they've had 24 this month, up from their average.

And Richland police say they've been seeing about 20 every day, compared to the average of five or six. 

"When I saw the numbers for the past six months, I was surprised. And the staff that I talked to about this were surprised as well, saying, yeah, there's been significant increase in CPL applications," said Capt. Rod Light with the Yakima Police Dept.

Police say they wouldn't be surprised to see the numbers continue to go up.

In Washington state, you have to be 21 or older to carry a concealed handgun. You also can't have any felony convictions or a significant history of mental health issues.