Gun carry permit requests double in Tulsa, assault rifle sales spike since November

TULSA - The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says the number of residents seeking gun carry permits has doubled since the beginning of November.

Prior to the general election, Maj. Shannon Clark with the sheriff's office says the department poured over 15 carry permit applications and background checks each day. Now, that number has grown to 30.

He says the tragedy in Newtown, Conn. and subsequent discussion over an assault weapons ban will stir an even bigger spike.

"Do we expect to see a spike? We anticipate that. We also anticipate to see a spike because of some of the proposed legislation that may be going through the federal and state houses," Clark says.

In addition to limits on assault weapons, Clark says legislative considerations like allowing teachers to possess guns in the classroom could also add to that increase. Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, plans to introduce such legislation in the new legislative session.

Clark says events of societal significance, such as the election and string of public shootings, are the catalysts contributing to the rise.

That rise can be seen inside Dong's Guns, Ammo, Reloading, a gun store on Admiral Place. There, store president David Stone says the mere mention of any type of gun control has his business seeing more customers.

"After the shooting on Friday, that tragedy, and all the national media talking about, 'We need more gun control,' that's what's caused it," Stone said.

"The biggest problem right now is being able to have merchandise to sell that people want because at the whole sale level, there is zero. Any gun that has -- holds more than 10 rounds, there's no guns to buy."

Stone says he has no AK-47s for sale. Ammunition, which is already at a premium for gun shop owners, can also be a tough find to fill shelves.

Tim and Johnna Decker went to Dong's Tuesday for their own assault rifle. Tim Decker, who travels for work while his wife stays at home with three children, says it's a necessary purchase to keep the family safe.

He says a handgun won't cut it for his family. He also says buying the assault weapon is also important in case a ban is put in place.

"I know that if anything happened at the house and stuff like that, and she needed something more than a revolver- five or six shots, then she has that option," Decker said.

A bill to create an assault weapons ban is expected to be introduced when Congress convenes in January. President Obama says he would support such a measure.

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