Requests for concealed handgun permits have been flooding into the El Paso County Sheriff’s office since Friday. KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports the office is pleading for patience.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The increase in calls to the county’s concealed handgun program began shortly after Friday’s mass shooting in Connecticut. Despite fielding calls all day, the office was left with 106 unanswered messages Tuesday. Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. Jeff Kramer says both the incident and the subsequent calls for stricter gun control appear to be motivating residents to seek permits to carry concealed weapons.

“When you have both of those things going on at the same time, I think that why we see a significant spike at this point in time, since both of those events are running kind of parallel to one another.”

Meanwhile, gun sales in Colorado appear to be surging. The state is reporting a record number of requests for background checks on potential gun buyers. By mid-day Tuesday the backlog was more than 2,000 despite extra staffing.


Comments are closed.


October 27, 2016 | NPR · “Some people cursed the Assad regime. Some invoked God. And others didn’t say a word,” a witness tells NPR. Schools have been hit repeatedly during Syria’s war and this is one of the worst incidents.

Ikon Images/Getty Images
October 27, 2016 | NPR · The U.S. government alleges that a fraud scheme used operators at Indian call centers, impersonating IRS or immigration officials, to scam thousands of people out of more than $300 million.

Getty Images
October 27, 2016 | NPR · Most research on placebos involves people who think they’re getting an active treatment, but aren’t. But they may also work when people know full well they’re getting a sham treatment.

Arts & Life

October 27, 2016 | NPR · Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new novel is set in a realistic, multidimensional Mexico City, where a young human boy meets a mysterious girl and gets caught up in a whirlwind of vampire-gang drug wars.

Penguin/Random House
October 27, 2016 | NPR · Globally, this humble dish was one of the first ways humans learned to unlock the nutrition in grains. Now, chefs are embracing its sumptuous, delicious possibilities. And no, it’s not just oatmeal.

October 27, 2016 | NPR · Amazon’s new series Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, was inspired by a landmark gender bias case at Newsweek. Showrunners hired women at every level of the cast and crew — a Hollywood rarity.


Courtesy of Pickathon
October 27, 2016 | opbmusic · Frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra dedicates the performance “to the liberation of black and brown people in the United States.”

Courtesy of the artist
October 27, 2016 | NPR · The country megastar paints a velvet portrait of a whiskey-soaked dive bar festooned with Christmas decorations in a song co-authored by Matraca Berg, Hayes Carll and Allison Moorer.

Courtesy of the artist
October 27, 2016 | NPR · The stories behind 22, A Million emerged during a nearly two-hour interview with frontman Justin Vernon at a press conference in September. The full interview wasn’t available to the public until now.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac