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More Montanans carrying concealed weapons

By The Associated Press
Published On: Oct 13 2013 11:42:16 AM MDT
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BOZEMAN, Mont. ( -

The number of Montana residents with concealed weapons permits has more than doubled since 2008.
    
The Montana Department of Justice says that about 38,000 people have concealed weapons permits as of Oct. 5. That's up from about 18,000 in 2008.
    
Applicants for a concealed weapons permit must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and a Montana resident for at least six months.
    
The Gallatin County Sheriff's Office tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/169rST9 ) that applications in the county spiked earlier this year.
    
Sheriff Brian Gootkin says the spike appeared to be related to fear of possible federal gun control legislation following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
    
A gunman entered the school in December and killed 26 people, 20 of them children.