Women sought gun permits at a higher rate than men in El Paso County

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A citizen gets in a little range practice at Whistling Pines Gun Club. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • A citizen gets in a little range practice at Whistling Pines Gun Club.
In the Sept. 27 edition of the Indy, we report that those with concealed carry permits has grown by 100 percent since 2012 in El Paso County.

Worthy of note is the growth of those local permit holders who are women. From the end of 2012 to June this year, the number of females with permits in El Paso County increased by 53.9 percent, compared to the increase in men holding permits of 35.9 percent.

Back in 2012, 8,193 women had concealed carry permits in the county, while as of June, that number was 12,610, according to data provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The biggest surge in total permits in the county, 41.8 percent, came in 2013 after the Aurora theater shooting and the slaughter of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, both in 2012. It's worth nothing that 2013 also was the year that gun control measures became effective statewide on July 1.

The second biggest surge in the county, 15.9 percent, came in 2015 after two shooting incidents here in Colorado Springs — the Halloween shooting by Noah Harpham and Robert Dear's rampage at the Planned Parenthood clinic.

This data comes from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and shows concealed carry permits issued in 2013.
  • This data comes from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and shows concealed carry permits issued in 2013.

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