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Concealed Weapons Permits Spike in Central Virginia

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The number of people wanting to carry concealed weapons is spiking in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. A concealed handgun permit is required, by law, for those wanting to keep it hidden. 

Clerks say they have been inundated with applications. An Albemarle court clerk says they're averaging 25 permits per week with tons that haven't been done yet.

"People just want to be able to protect themselves," said Greene County Sheriff Steve Smith.

In Albemarle, the number jumped by 277 between 2011 and 2012. This month alone, 44 permits have been approved.

In Charlottesville, the number of permits increased by 80 in the same time; 20 have been approved so far in January.

"The folks who come into my office and get a concealed handgun permit aren't the people we typically or generally have to worry about," said Llezelle Dugger, Charlottesville Circuit Court clerk.

Clerks say the number of permit applications spiked when the president was reelected in November and when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings happened last month. 

"It's safety and no matter what your political beliefs on firearms are, I think we all believe we should be safe with them," said Steve Keene, Green County Sheriff's Office program manager.

In Greene County, the sheriff says his firearms classes are filling up. Dozens are now taking the basic safety course, which is also required to get a concealed weapons permit.

"These are law abiding citizens that are just exercising their right to own and carry a firearm," said Smith.

Virginia State Police: Resident Concealed Handgun Permits

Virginia Resident Concealed Handgun Permits are issued by the circuit court of the county or city in which the applicant resides. Please contact the applicable court for specific instruction on the application process.

Virginia Code Section 18.2-308 - Prohibits the carrying of any pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material; any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack; any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart; or any weapon of like kind by any person hidden from common observance about his person. Any of the enumerated weapons shall be seized and forfeited to the Commonwealth. A weapon shall be deemed to be hidden from common observation when it is observable but is of such deceptive appearance as to disguise the weapon's true nature.



Concealed Carry Permits Approved, By the Year
(information courtesy of circuit court clerks)


2011: 101
2012: 181
2013: 20

Albemarle County

2011: 521
2012: 798
2013: 44

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