Regional
8:57 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Indiana Seeing Surge in Gun-Permit Applications

Indiana State Police are seeing a surge in gun permit requests amid the national gun-control debate sparked by December's deadly Connecticut school shooting.

The Indianapolis Star reports state police are now seeing up to 4,000 permit requests each week. That's three times the number the agency was handling at the same time last year.

Indiana residents make online gun permit applications to the State Police, but those applications are funneled to local police agencies for inspection, fingerprinting and background checks.

Each of those applications must be reviewed and approved or rejected by the local police chief, town marshal or county sheriff.

In Indianapolis, the city's police department received more than 1,100 applications in December. That's 360 more than the department received in November.