Concealed gun classes skyrocket in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - State officials say the number of firearm training certificates issued to residents who wish to carry a concealed gun jumped to its highest number in a decade in the month of January.

The Courier-Journal reports the issued certificates spiked from 4,355 in December to 12,685 in January.

The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice training says the number declined to 8,677 in February, but it was still at least double that of any month last year, aside from December. The training is required to receive a concealed carry license, which allows Kentuckians to carry a weapon out of sight under their clothing in public.

Kenneth Betts, a Louisville police officer who conducts courses, says gun ranges in Kentucky are jammed with students and even bullets are in short supply.

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