- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The number of Oklahomans applying each week for a license to carry a gun has nearly tripled since the end of November.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Wednesday that there were 604 applications during the week ending Nov. 30. The OSBI says that number jumped to 1,712 applications for the week ending Feb. 1.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown says a reason for the sharp increase isn’t clear, but she notes that at least three sheriff’s in the state have encouraged residents to apply for a license for personal protection and have waived their $25 fingerprinting fee.

Brown says there are about 242,000 Oklahomans licensed to carry a gun. She says the OSBI has 60 days to approve or reject an application after receiving it from a county sheriff.

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