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More people applying for concealed carry permits throughout St. Louis area

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By: Kelly Davis / News 4

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Several sheriff's departments in the area said in the last six-months they have been slammed with new applications for concealed carry permits.

In St. Louis County, more than 1,000 people applied for a concealed carry permit in March of 2015. Last year, less than 500 people applied during the month of March.

St. Charles County saw a similar trend with 300 more applications filed in March of 2015 than last year.

When asked about the increase in applications, St. Louis County Police Det. Michael Kaufman said, “I wouldn't be able to give you an answer from each resident, everybody's opinion is different. I can say from any event that happens nationwide or locally, sometimes there's an increase.”

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department said the unrest in Ferguson contributed to the increase in applications. In 2014, the county had a total of 907 applications. In the first three months of 2015, more than 500 people have already applied.

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