Nearly 14,000 have concealed carry permit in Larimer County

9NEWS @ 4. 9/8/2016

KUSA - Larimer County's concealed carry weapons permits hit nearly 14,000 in the first eight months of 2016.

Through Sept. 1, 2016, 13,939 Larimer County residents have a CCW. Nearly 2,000 of those are new. That's a permit for about 1 in every 22 people in that county.

The permits last for five years and can be issued to Colorado residents who are legally able to own a gun, pass a background check and take a handgun training course.Carriers are also required not be a threat to themselves or others.

"Personally, I find it encouraging that individuals are prepared to defend themselves because the reality is a citizen in my county has no less authority or right to defend themselves than I do as a peace officer," Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said.

Last year, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office denied 19 applicants and revoked 22 permit holders. Of those 22, eight were deemed a danger to themselves or others, seven were arrested, five were taken away because of alcohol, drugs or mental health issues and two revoked due to restraining orders.

Larimer County Sheriff's Concealed Carry Weapons Permits

1999: 527
2000: 672
2001: 1096
2002: 2,091
2003: 2,231
2004: 2,402
2005: 2,581
2006: 2,995
2007: 2,713
2008: 3,519
2009: 4,829
2010: 5,979
2011: 6,645
2012: 7,507
2013: 10,102
2014: 11,027
2015: 12,204
*2016:13,939

*(Year To Date- September 1)

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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