DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Local gun sales in Ohio have soared since the Orlando nightclub shooting in June.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says following the bombings in New York and New Jersey this weekend, they expect to see an increase in conceal carry weapon (ccw) applications.
In the past two days the sheriff’s office received 47 CCW applications.
Currently, two officials work processing CCW requests at the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Rob Streck says when they get swamped with applications they have to bring in extra people. Something he expects to see this week in the wake of the bombings.
After the deadliest shooting in U.S. history at a nightclub in Orlando, the sheriff’s office processed 567 requests.
“We are very busy. We go up and down. So, we may have months where there is a thousand new permits that month and then 500 in another month. It goes in spurts, but we’re still getting about 7,000 to 9,000 a year,” said Streck.
Streck says mass shootings are becoming normalized, but the feeling of shock hasn’t gotten any easier. He believes more people are choosing to protect themselves by owning a gun.