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Weapon Applicants Reach All Time High

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After an excessive amount of concealed weapon license applications were submitted in 2013, the Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says his office is back on track.

The Attorney General's office called the number of applications "unprecedented" when a record amount of applications came into the office, sometimes more than 300 a day. At the end of 2013, the office had processed more than 14,000 applications. 

The amount of submissions overwhelmed the staff, and Stenehjem temporarily reassigned administrative staff and agents from other sections at the Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI) to help process the applications. He also authorized employee overtime. The BCI stepped up too, by enlisting help from RSVP volunteers to stuff envelopes and complete paperwork.

As of Feb. 28 of this year there were 30,997 active resident and non-resident concealed weapon licenses given out.

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