Published On: Wed, Feb 6th, 2013

National gun control debate is felt in Cedar County

HARTINGTON — Concern over possible new federal gun legislation has filtered down to the local level.

Applications for gun permits in Cedar and Knox counties saw a huge increase in the final two months of 2012.

In 2011, the Cedar County Sheriff’s office issued 136 gun permits. The number of gun permits issued in 2012 jumped up to 177. Close to 40 percent of the permits were during the last two months of the year, said Sheriff Larry Koranda.

“We have seen an increase in applications for gun permits since the Election in November,” Koranda said. “Although there is usually a slight increase over the Holidays with gifts being purchased. The gun shows are usually during the winter months and we did have a two-day gun auction in Hartington.”

The total number of gun permits issued in Knox County in 2012 took a huge jump when compared with those issued in 2011.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office issued 213 gun permits in 2012 while 131 permits were approved in 2011. A total of $1,065 was collected for the $5 fees charged for gun permits during 2012.