- Associated Press - Sunday, August 10, 2014

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - The state of New Mexico is seeing a rise in concealed carry permits that let people carry a concealed handgun into most public and private places.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports (https://bit.ly/1yjTNgB) that more than 343,000 New Mexicans received concealed carry permits last year, nearly 60,000 more people than in 2012.

The newspaper obtained the figures through a public records request.

A concealed carry permit lets a person carry a concealed, loaded handgun into most public and private places unless notices are posted.

Permit holders must complete a 15-hour firearms safety course.

Gun safety instructors attribute the rise partly to a resurgence in America’s gun debate after 20 elementary students and six teachers were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut during December 2012.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, https://www.lcsun-news.com

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