The Secretary of State says concealed pistol permits in South Dakota were down in April but the state continued to see record numbers of new and renewed permits during the first quarter of 2013.
On Wednesday, South Dakota Secretary of State Jason Gant released the number of concealed pistol permits issued in 2013. 14,442 concealed pistol permits were issued from January to April. 18,031 permits were issued in all of 2012.
Across the nation concealed weapons permits soared after 20 children and six adults were killed in the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. last December. Shortly after the massacre talks of stricter gun control laws prompt many to apply for weapons permits. Although, last month the US Senate failed to pass a gun control bill, which was mainly focused on adding stiffer background checks.
"When this whole skyrocketing started in January and February that's when Congress was really discussing legislation. I really don't know if the slow down is because Congress failed to pass it (gun control bill), but it might be that most people that were more concerned got ahead curve," Gant said. "We're still processing more permits than we were last year, but the trend has obviously slowed. "
The South Dakota Secretary of State's numbers show issued permits could be waning now. South Dakota's issued concealed pistol permits in April were down by almost 2,000 from March, which Gant said is on a normal pace.
In a news release, Gant also indicated "the number of phone and email inquiries about concealed pistol permits has increased. Many South Dakotan's, as well as non-residents are interested in the firearms laws and reciprocity agreements with other states."
Information regarding South Dakota Firearm Laws and requirements for applying for a Concealed Pistol Permit is available at www.sdsos.gov.
Here's a look at the number of concealed pistol permits issued in South Dakota:
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