More Delawareans carrying legally concealed deadly weapons

 (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

(AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

The number of Delaware residents carrying legally concealed deadly weapons has increased.

The Delaware State News reports concealed carry permits jumped 56 percent from 2014 to 2015. How or if those weapons are ever used remains unclear.

Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky says they don’t have researchable data on permitted concealed deadly weapons involved in any matters, and don’t recall any issues either. Dover police say there have been no investigations into how a legally concealed weapon was handled during an incident.

Smyrna Sporting Goods owner Brian Brown says he believes people are purchasing the weapons for personal protection.

Delaware received 348 concealed carry applications in December 2015, compared to 155 in December 2014.

There were 2,614 permit applications in 2015 as opposed to 1,674 in 2014.

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