By SEÁN O’DONOGHUE
HAMLIN - Lincoln County has seen a dramatic increase in the total number of concealed carry permits, a trend repeated throughout the state over the past five years. According to data provided by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office last week, Lincoln County saw 331 permits issued in 2009. During 2013, a total of 578 permits were issued, an average of over 10 per week.
The large increase in permits has coincided with a number of gun related tragedies across the nation. In addition, despite little to no federal gun control legislation being passed in recent years, claims and fears regarding gun control laws have been repeated and recycled, on social media…