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Oklahoma Handgun Permits Double In Past Two Years

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More Oklahomans are certified than ever before to carry a handgun. New data released by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation say handgun permit numbers are double what they were just two years ago. 

Kyle Foster is a 20 year old who is counting down the days until his 21st birthday, but it's not because he wants to hit up Oklahoma bars.

"Most people probably go have something to drink somewhere, but I think as soon as I find a class that's available, I'll definitely concealed carry," Foster said.
 
According to new data released from the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigations more than 60,000 handgun permits were licensed in the state just in 2013. And that means now more than ever Oklahoma citizens are taking advantage of their right to be licensed and to carry. 

"It's doing even better now, we sell a lot more handguns especially."
 
Delcie Rhodes owns Rhodes Gun Shop in Commerce, Oklahoma with her husband. She isn't surprise to hear handgun permits are up 50 percent from just two years ago. Lately, she says she gets about 15 people come through her doors every day. While she see a lot of customers like Foster, who come as soon as they reach legal age, she's seen another increase.
 
"A lot of the range of people are women, a lot of these women work out and even your school teachers are purchasing guns," Rhodes said.
 
As of last Friday, 190,000 Oklahomans have a license to carry a handgun in the state. And it's not just gun shops that are benefiting from the increase. TJ Brewster runs NEO Firearm Training in his spare time, and he says whether it's fear of government regulation or families coming together to learn to safely carry, business has been good.

"I would have anywhere from ten people sign up for the class and five show up, to now this past year, year and a half the classes have been full," Brewster said.
 
And for Foster, with his birthday three weeks away, he says he can't wait to enroll in a class and to be able to get his hands on one of these. 

"I've been wanting it for a long time, and not for any particular reason,  but just for the fact I'm able to do it, and I want to take advantage of it," Foster said.

The state of Oklahoma won't just give a permit to anyone, you must take at least 8 hours of training from a certified instructor. And the state did reject more than 800 application last year alone -- mostly citing previous drug charges as the main reason for denial. 

To Contact NEO Firearms Training, email T.J. Brewster at tbrewster@yahoo.com, call 1-918-961-1412, or visit his Facebook page at  https://www.facebook.com/OKFirearms.

 

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