More Johnson County residents have received a license to carry a handgun over the past year, even as the debate over new national gun laws has quieted and as the lines at area gun shops have shortened.
At the end of December, 11,329 Johnson County residents had permits that allowed them to carry a handgun. By the end of September, that number had grown to 13,716, up 21 percent. The number of residents with permits rose statewide as well by 78,634, or 17.5 percent, according to data from the Indiana State Police.
More county residents started applying for gun permits and buying rifles, handguns and ammunition after mass shootings across the country, including the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in December. U.S. lawmakers started considering whether stricter gun laws were necessary after the shootings, and people locally and across the country started worrying that certain types of guns and ammunition could be outlawed.