North Idaho

Weapons permit requests skyrocketing in North Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Concealed Weapons permits

Concealed weapons permit requests in North Idaho are skyrocketing. From January to June in 2011 the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office issued 429 permits; in 2012, 1,042 were issued but so far in 2013 more than 1,808 permits were issued.

Retired Marine Robert Adcox went in to get his permit Thursday.

"I like having (a gun) with me, especially when I go out in the woods or travel a lot. So, you can never tell. Don't care to ever use it, but it's there if I need it," Adcox said.

Former Boise State basketball player turned bounty hunter Shaylia McHenry also applied for a permit.

"You want to go out and protect yourself," she said. "You don't know what they have when you go out to pick them up."

So many people are coming in it's clogging the paperwork on Mondays so, starting immediately, people will only be able to apply Tuesday through Friday.

"Basically what happens on Mondays, we have all the paperwork that comes in from the weekends, because we don't have staff on the weekends. Once Monday hits, they're trying to do that and process all the applications," Lieutenant Stu Miller with the Kootenai County Sheriff's Department said.

Deputies like the spike because it means more people are getting fingerprinted and want deputies to know they're packing.

"The people we kind of worry about more are the people who carry the gun without a permit, the more irresponsible folks that may have a bad criminal background, mental issues," Miller said.

Miller also expects another jump on July 1 when the state's enhanced concealed weapons permit will be available. It basically allows Idahoans to travel outside of the state with their weapons.