Permits to carry a gun in the state have soared in the last month with an increase of more than 6,000 permit holders — the state’s second largest surge since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.

The number of active carry permits has grown by more than 20,000 in the last six months, which means one in 19 eligible adults in the state have a permit to carry, according to a news release from Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA).

GOCRA President Andrew Rothman said the increase follows the nation’s latest high-profile mass shooting — the Dec. 2 killings of 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. — and a push for restrictions on firearms.

“Nothing gets people more interested in exercising their rights than the threat of having them taken away,” Rothman said in a statement.

Rothman said the data in the report is from the state’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.


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