County concealed carry permits spike as gun debate rages
Dana Austin, from Kings Mountain, aims for a target during a concealed carry weapons class offered by Carolinas First Defense Saturday. Around 100 people signed up for the class in the wake of debate about gun control stemming from a series of mass shootings across the nation in 2012.
By Alicia Banks Published: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 11:34 AM.
How many applications for carrying concealed weapon permits has Cleveland County received?
2012 - 618
2011 - 490
2010 - 540
2009 - 605
2008 – 398
By Alicia Banks Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 13:30 PM.
KINGS MOUNTAIN – Groups of men and women huddled behind Christian Freedom Baptist Church. Each carried a handgun. They aimed for the targets ahead from various distances. Pops of gunfire echoed as bullet casings bounced off the ground. Only a few minutes passed before they reloaded.