North Dakota concealed weapons permits up 55% in 2012

The number of concealed weapons permits and renewals in 2012 jumped dramatically from the previous year — 55 percent statewide.

In 2011, a total of 5,634 permits and renewals were issued statewide for concealed weapons, according to the attorney general’s website. That included 114 issued to nonresidents.

In 2012, the total rose to 12,614, of which 199 were issued to nonresidents.

The number of licenses and renewals increased in all counties in the state except for two — Cavalier and Traill counties — from 2011 to 2012.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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