Lining Up for Concealed Carry

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It only took approval of a concealed carry law last January by the Ohio Legislature for the inquiries to come into Noble County Sheriff's Department.

"As soon as it became public, they were calling daily, several calls a day, having questions right off the bat," says Kris Presnell, a dispatcher and assistant in the Sheriff's Office." We're short-staffed, but beyond that we're prepared for it."

The Sheriff's Department already processed a dozen applications for weapons permits Thursday, and those interested are from all walks of life. At least one of those applicants is a woman who's considered applying for a permit even before it became legal.

"The wrong people today have guns anyway," says Stacy Regan, "so why not be certified, trained and be legally allowed to have a gun to protect yourself?"

Law enforcement agencies resisted concealed carry for ten years before the Legislature approved the law.

Bill Waterson, a retired Cleveland policeman, believes it could help, not hurt, officers.

"In police work, you should assume whoever you are addressing has the potential to be armed whether it's legal or not," Waterson says. "If I'm on the road and I see a police officer having problems, I can assist."

Applicants have to go through background checks before receiving their permits.