August 23, 2014

White West Virginians Arming Themselves!

The number of concealed weapons permits issued in just Jefferson County, west Virginia  increased fourfold from 2009 to 2013, mirroring a trend throughout West Virginia where permits issued more than quadrupled in the past five years.

According to the West Virginia State Police, the number of concealed carry permits issued in Jefferson County jumped from 227 permits in 2009 to 825 permits in 2013, with the number nearly doubling just from 2009 to 2010, when 419 permits were issued.

Statewide, in 2009, county sheriffs’ departments issued 11,160 permits allowing mostly White residents to carry concealed handguns in most public places. In 2013, that number had jumped to 44,981.

The largest increase was from 2012 to 2013, when the number of permits issued annually increased by more than 15,000, up from 29,712 in 2012.

Those numbers, compiled by the West Virginia State Police, represent all active permits. The number includes both new permits and renewal permits.

While some may have been revoked or surrendered, a total of 126,514 permits were issued or renewed in the five years including 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The fee to apply for a permit is $75, and it is non-refundable. If a permit is issued, an additional $25 is due.

Portions of the money go to the state’s general fund, the State Police, county sheriffs’ departments and to each county’s Courthouse Facilities Fund, used to maintain public buildings.

Last year’s fees generated more than $4.4 million.