Handgun permits in Lancaster County are spiking. Sheriff Terry Wagner says possible future restrictions on weapons may be a major factor.
Wagner said his office, which runs background checks on anyone wanting to own a handgun, has seen a dramatic spike in the number of permits beginning in September of 2008.
The numbers have risen steadily from 150 in September to more than 375 in March of this year.
Wagner said those numbers are double the usual amount. He said handgun permits make the application process for hunting and assault rifles easier and quicker and that is probably the reason for the increase.
Wagner said fear over tougher gun control from the Obama administration may have people in a panic mode, driving them to permits and eventually to stores to get their guns now.
Wagner points out that the number of permits does not necessarily mean the number of guns sold is up and also said he isn't really worried about these permits because people who take the time to get permits are usually law abiding citizens.