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Kanawha rejects few concealed carry applications

Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press
Charleston Gazette-Mail file photo by The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Since 2009, the Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department has rejected a little more than two concealed carry permit applications for every 100 it receives.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office received 1,663 concealed carry permit requests in 2015, 35 of which were rejected.

But a proposed law making its way through the Legislature would remove the need for people to obtain a permit for the concealed carry of guns, changing the background check process that sheriff’s departments across the state have put into place to monitor who can carry a gun where other people can’t see it.

Since 2009, 222 concealed carry permit applications have been rejected and 87 permits have been revoked in Kanawha County.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department has an employee who runs background checks on the people who are applying for permits. The sheriff can reject or revoke a permit if a person has demonstrated an addiction to, or unlawful use of, drugs or alcohol in recent years or is convicted of an act of violence within five years prior to applying. People are also rejected if they have been convicted of a domestic violence offense or a felony, according to Brian Humphreys, the spokesman for the Kanawha County Sheriff.

“It’s rare to have someone’s pistol permit revoked…

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