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Kennewick Police Working to Meet High Concealed Weapon Permit Demand

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KENNEWICK, WA. -- The tragic shooting in San Bernadino, California is having an impact around the world, even here in Eastern Washington. One local police department is changing their schedule to allow two extra days for people to apply for concealed weapons permits. 

The Kennewick Police Department says ever since the San Bernadino shooting on December 2nd, they've seen a big increase in people applying for the right to carry a concealed weapon. 

Tuesday afternoon, Kennewick Police Sergeant Ken Lattin showed us where officers take finger prints for background checks for those concealed license permits. 

So far this year, KPD has filed an average of 63 weapons permits per month. The day of the San Bernadino shooting, officers processed 38 permits. In response, the police department is adding two extra days on top of the Fridays which they normally use to handle the permit requests. Those days are December 10th and 17th. 

Sergeant Lattin says KPD has no problem with law abiding citizens arming themselves. He just recommends they have the right mindset if they do. 

"You're carrying a gun because you've mentally prepared yourself, in your soul that you could take a life to protect a life," Sgt. Lattin said. "Whether it's yours or somebody else's. That's number one. Number two, make sure you've got some good training, that you understand what you can do legally, where you can carry. And then just the basic functions of the weapon, that you can be proficient with it."

KPD isn't alone either, both Richland and Pasco police also saw a slight increase in permit applications as well. Sergeant Lattin says if you do decide to buy a gun, make sure you store it properly. And educate all children about the dangers of the weapon. 

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KENNEWICK, WA - Kennewick Police say they are adding more fingerprinting hours into their schedule in order to fulfill a high demand for concealed weapon permits.

KPD says they have noticed a trend when it comes to concealed weapon permit sales. Following traumatic events, sales go up.

Kennewick Police released the following numbers showing concealed weapon permits processed per year.

2011 - 752 permits
2012 - 942 permits
2013 - 992 permits
2014 - 720 permits

As of the end of October of this year, Kennewick Police say they have processed 628 permits. That is 63 permits per month on average. On Friday, Dec. 2nd though, KPD process 38 permits.

KPD says all of these trends in permits can be tracked back to national events involving violence.

In light of this recent trend, Kennewick Police will be adding additional days for people to apply for a concealed weapon permits.

Right now, KPD only does fingerprinting for the permit process on Friday afternoons. Beginning this week, they will add a full day of fingerprinting on Thursday December 10th and Thursday December 17th in addition to the normal Friday afternoon schedule.

Kennewick Police's office hours for this process are 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.

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