Gun control talk sparks run on concealed carry applications
Updated: Thursday, April 11 2013, 08:37 PM EDT
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The owner of Freedom Firearms, Joel Fulton, says that any time gun control legislation is brought up by state or federal lawmakers, the numbers speak for themselves.
"The American people try to react negatively to trying to take away their freedoms, and they're speaking loud and clear with their wallets right now," Fulton said.
That means a sales boom for places like Freedom Firearms.
In the last month alone, Fulton said he trained about a third as many students as he trained in a full year in 2011.
Permits in Calhoun County have gone up more than 40 percent from December until today--a fact that even caught the eye of the County Prosecutor, David Gilbert.
"This means people feel they really need to carry the gun because they're afraid or not comfortable with what's going on out there," Gilbert said. "People are becoming more poignantly aware as they always should have been that they're responsible for their own safety."
If you plan to break the law with a gun in Calhoun County, however, expect consequences.
"I'm not dismissing felony firearm anymore," Gilbert said. "If you commit a crime with a gun, you will be prosecuted and were not going to drop it and you will go to prison."
As for Fulton, he says fear is not why he wants to be in business.
Gilbert added that those going out for conceal carry permits usually aren't the criminals he's prosecuting.