CCW Permit Applications Surge in San Bernardino Since Attacks

It has been seven weeks since the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino on December 2 that killed 14 people. In those weeks, San Bernardino County has seen a 900 percent increase in concealed weapons permit applications, and it shows no signs of letting up.

According to this story from ABC, the permitting process in the county is so backed up that it takes about a year-and-a-half to meet with an official to submit an application.

The story points out that the situation has angered people on both sides of the gun debate.

From the story: "The spike is so pronounced that it has angered gun advocates and gun critics alike. To those who see the proliferation of firearms as a problem, another rush for guns is just the latest chapter in a tragically familiar story. To those who consider concealed weapons a constitutional right, government bureaucracy is paralyzing their best tool for self-defense."

"It's ridiculous," said John R. Lott Jr., a pro-gun academic with the nonprofit Crime Prevent Research Center, in the story. "Most states in the country will get you a concealed carry permit within at least 60 days. What if you have a woman who is being stalked or threatened? What is she supposed to do – wait a year and a half just to get an appointment?"

The FBI is still investigating the attacks perpetrated by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, but has called them acts of terrorism, the story said.