Gun owners are packing heat in record numbers, fearful of stricter gun
control under the Obama administration and higher crime in a sour
Some states and counties report a surge in applications for concealed
weapons permits since the November election. All states but Illinois
and Wisconsin allow concealed weapons, but requirements differ.
Applications already have hit a record this year in Clay County, Mo.,
where the sheriff's office received 888 through June, compared with
863 in all of last year, says Sheriff Bob Boydston. The office
recently hired two part-time workers to deal with the rush.
In the past, applicants tended to be middle-aged men, he says, but
recent applicants include "grandmothers, older folks, young women,
young men." . . .