GUN PERMITS: Applications for permits are still on the rise

COLUMBIA CITY — Gun permit applications are still on the rise in Whitley County, as both Columbia City’s Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department tripled their applications in December.In December 2011, the WCSD had 29 total gun permit applications. In December 2012, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the department has completed 93 applications. Though the shooting has stirred talks of gun control laws, WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said he doesn’t think citizens need to fear any immediate restrictions.Gatton said most people that are applying are requesting lifetime permits. In less than two hours after opening the office doors at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Friday, six applicants walked in the door. Last week, the department reported 20 applications on Thursday and Friday alone.Last Friday was a busy week for Columbia City’s Police Department as well, as office administrator Gina Kessinger said she had 15 applicants in one day.In November 2012, the CCPD had eight applicants. Last month the applicants nearly tripled, as 23 people sought out permits.For a more in-depth look at this story, see the Jan. 5 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook.