MORE JOHNSON COUNTY RESIDENTS ARMING THEMSELVES
Gun permit numbers have gone up in Johnson County, beginning with the events that occurred in Newtown, Conn. nearly a year ago. By the end of December 2012, 11,329 Johnson County residents were permitted to carry a handgun. By the end of this past September, those numbers have gone up 21 percent to 13,716. The state has seen an increase in gun permits, as well. Statewide, gun permits have gone up 17.5 percent, with 78,634 Hoosiers allowed to carry a gun, according to the Indiana State Police.