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Demand For Gun Permits Causes Backlog

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TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C. -

Sheriff's offices across North Carolina are overwhelmed with requests for concealed carry permit and handgun purchase permit applications.

"Prior to the surge, we could probably get you in within three weeks or so," said Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney.

But now people are having to wait just to apply for a permit to carry a concealed handgun or to buy one.

The next available appointment in Transylvania county is a month-and-a-half a way.

In Rutherford County, it's three months.

Both sheriff's office have recently added staff to help process applications.

"I am disappointed to hear we have the delay in taking applications," says NRA-certified instructor Joe Potts.

Potts who teaches CCP course says several of his students are waiting for their concealed carry permits.

To date, Transylvania County has processed more than 120 application for concealed carry permits. That's double the number received this time last year.

Applications for buying a handgun are even higher.

Nearly 190 application have been submitted since Jan. 1, 2013.

In 2012, the agency processed a total of 442 applications.

The numbers are no surprise to gun store owners.

"I am not surprised for our county, our state or the nation," says Dee Veenhoff, owner of Bear Arms Indoor Shooting Range.

The real question is -- will it get better?

"I think it has to," Mahoney said.

Officials say still prepare to wait. Even if you get an appointment locally, it can take up to eight weeks in some cases to get the required background check and paperwork completed by the state.

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