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Concealed carry permits on rise in New Mexico

Concealed carry permits on rise in New Mexico

Santa Fe, NM - The state of New Mexico is seeing a rise in concealed carry permits that let people carry a concealed handgun into most public and private places.

Officials say more than 343,000 New Mexicans received concealed carry permits last year, nearly 60,000 more than in 2012.

A concealed carry permit lets a person carry a concealed, loaded hand-gun into most public and private places unless notices are posted.

Permit holders must complete a 15-hour firearms safety course.

Gun safety instructors attribute the rise partially to a resurgence in America's gun debate after 20 elementary students and six teachers were killed during the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December of 2012.
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