By The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The number of people applying in Mississippi for a concealed weapon permit more than doubled from 2008 to 2012, according to figures released by the Department of Public Safety.
Department spokesman Warren Strain says December of 2012 saw the largest spike in the last five years, with 1,747 applications.
Over the past five years, department figures show 38,000 concealed weapon permits applications have been filed.
Permit holders must reapply for a permit every five years. Security guards must apply every four years.
There is also an endorsement certification that requires an eight-hour gun safety course, allowing handgun owners to carry a weapon into public buildings, churches and malls.