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Published January 17, 2013, 09:04 PM

Boom in gun interest keeping permit trainers busy

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The ongoing, heated debate over gun control combined with recent safety concerns are creating an unbelievable spike in the gun industry and beyond.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The ongoing, heated debate over gun control combined with recent safety concerns are creating an unbelievable spike in the gun industry and beyond.

Locally, the people who teach the permit to carry classes are swamped.

One of the people who locally conducts these concealed carry permit courses told me today he's getting more calls and emails in one day than he used to get in 2 weeks.

Getting to this point, legally owning a gun, we're told is very easy.

Ken Gaffrey, Dakota Permit Trainer: "Basically an open book exam, you read through the questions and all of the answers are in the book."

Ken Gaffrey is a permit trainer. Someone with a relatively clean record can take his 2 hour class for 50 bucks and get a concealed carry permit in the mail shortly after.

And lately he says it seems like everyone is doing it.

Gaffrey: "It has just exploded the number of folks looking for permits."

It jumped right after the Sandy Hook shooting. The week following Ken saw 5 times the clients he usually does.

West Fargo police confirmed the numbers. The chief says he's seeing about 4 to 5 times more permits coming through lately.

And the concealed carry class held in Scheels' basement went from once a month to now 3 times, the room inside now isn't big enough, the next class will be at the Holiday Inn to accommodate numbers.

Gaffrey: "Two days after Sandy Hook the phone just rang off the hook."

The instructors who conduct those classes say the people coming in are saying safety and worry over any new government rulings are the reasons they're getting a permit.

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