TN gun carry permit applications jump by more than double - WSMV Channel 4

TN gun carry permit applications jump by more than double

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

More and more Tennesseans are applying to become gun owners, and the numbers may surprise you.

In the first six months of last year, a little more than 40,000 people had applied for gun carry permits in the state, but during that same time period this year, the number jumped to more than 86,000.

That's a 113 percent increase.

"When people feel scared, or feel powerless or feel like victims, I think it makes them feel more powerful," said Andrew Breneman, general manager at Nashville Armory. "Part of it probably has to do with the Newtown shootings. Part of it has to do with the proposed gun legislation that scared a lot of people."

The folks at the Nashville Armory say one of the biggest trends they're seeing lately is women coming in looking for a permit.

"Just to be able to have personal protection when out in the area, when away from home," said one woman who applied for a gun carry permit.

"We do a women's only carry permit class. It's all women, and it's always full," Breneman said. "A lot more minorities are getting carry permits that I've noticed."

Another possible reason for the overall surge in permits are new laws allowing folks to keep weapons in a personally owned, locked vehicle and another making permit holders' names confidential.

In the past, some say they were reluctant to obtain a permit, because they were concerned their names would become public.

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