People flocking for guns, permits after home invasions

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INDIANAPOLIS – Would you be evenly matched if someone invaded your home?

“We’ve had a lot of people come in that are trying to brush up on their shooting skills and stuff and it’s in response to the home invasions,” said Brian Ludlow. “A lot of them are just frightened. They’re worried and scared and that in itself is sad because you can’t even be at your home and be comfortable like you should be.”

Ludlow owns Indy Trading Post and says he’s been jam-packed all week, after at least nine home invasions in Indianapolis.

“These guys, when they break in your house, they’re there to create harm,” said Ludlow. “They’re not there to come in and kindly take your stuff and shake your hand on their way out the door so if more people would think about that and arm themselves, there’d probably be a lot less of that going on.”

His sign up sheets for classes are filling up and gun sales are high. Three of his sales this week were to people from the north side area near one of the most violent home invasions against a mother, father and daughter.

“If you pass a background check, you can have a firearm in your house or on your property or at your place of business without a permit,” said Ludlow. “It’s when you go outside of that is when you have to have a permit.”

At the end of last year in Marion County, 53,320 people had active gun permits. In the first quarter of 2013, that number jumped to 54,668. The next quarter, the number hit 56,367. The most recent quarter hit 60,263.

The state total last quarter was 527,659, up from 449,025 at the end of last year.

“The good news is, we went from February and March, being over 40,000 with a backlog,  to now at a backlog under 5,000,” said Capt. David Bursten with the Indiana State Police.

Bursten said most people are getting their permits within 10-15 days, but some might take longer.

“It will take longer for incomplete applications and applications with false information, either through your negligence or intentionally trying to game the system,” said Capt. Bursten. ” Sometimes things are not expeditiously processed from the agency where you submitted your application.”

The best place to apply for your permit is at the Indiana State Police website. If you don’t have a response within 60 days, email ISP. You should get a response within one week. To speed up the process, be sure to be truthful and complete on your application. Bursten said a lot of people get tripped up on the question regarding having a past permit revoked. He said if you had a permit expire, do not mark yes for revoked.