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Number of Gun Permits Issued in W.Va. Climbs


State police data show more than 13,000 permits to carry concealed guns were issued in West Virginia during the first three months of 2015.

If this pace continues, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the state could end the year with the highest total of permits issued since 2009. That’s when the West Virginia State Police began maintaining records.

The number of people obtaining permits peaked at 44,981 permits in 2013. More than 32,000 permits were issued last year.

The totals include new permits and permit renewals. State law requires concealed carry permits to be renewed every five years.

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Amy Hunter says the increase in requests for permits in West Virginia isn’t surprising. She says West Virginia is following a national trend.