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Washington CPL rush slows, but crime news may perk it back up

Demand for concealed pistol licenses has slowed, according to the newest Department of Licensing figures.
Demand for concealed pistol licenses has slowed, according to the newest Department of Licensing figures.
Dave Workman

The Washington Department of Licensing (DOL) told Examiner late Monday morning that there are now 451,729 active concealed pistol licenses in the state, a number that suggests a slowdown on CPL applications has materialized, but news out of Seattle and North Bend may cause it to perk right back up again.

According to the DOL figures, the past month has seen only 735 new licenses issued, which is a significant decline from the same period last year when more than 9,000 new CPLs were issued between early February and early March. Overall, more than 50,000 new licenses were issued last year.

But nothing perks up public interest in owning firearms than crime, and this morning in Seattle, a man was injured when he tried to prevent his car from being jacked at gunpoint. He jumped on the hood of his car, according to the Seattle Times, and the thief behind the wheel slammed on the brakes and sent the car owner flying.

Out in North Bend, less than 48 hours after law enforcement services changed from the King County Sheriff’s Department – which had provided police patrols in the city for 40 years – to the Snoqualmie Police Department, a female restaurant worker was reportedly stabbed and sexually assaulted when she was closing up a small restaurant shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday. Probably not the way anybody wanted to start off that service relationship

This is the sort of thing that gets the attention of people and makes them consider buying a gun, and if they already have one, taking the next step and applying for a CPL. It’s not a local phenomenon, as this column reported earlier.

In some ways, the tendency for some people to exercise their Second Amendment rights after a couple of disconcerting crimes may go along with what Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association said in his speech the other day to the Conservative Political Action Conference. Americans are concerned about the country, and those concerns translate into worry, and worry translates into depending upon one’s self rather than a call to 911 and hoping for the best.

It’s pretty difficult to hope for the best when the headlines point the opposite direction.


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