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Metro Atlanta County Sees Spike In Gun Permits

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MARIETTA, Ga. (AP/WAOK) – Formal charges against James Eagan Holmes, accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others at an Aurora movie theater were filed by Colorado prosecutors on Monday. Holmes faces 24 counts of first degree murder in the shooting spree.

In the mean time, authorities say permits for concealed weapons have increased in the metro Atlanta area since the July 20 movie theater shooting rampage in Colorado.

Melinda Carter, supervisor of Cobb County Probate Court’s firearms permit division, says that officials typically process about 25 applications for concealed weapon permits each day.

Carter said that since the shooting, that number had doubled to around 50 applications per day.

Firearm sales are also up nationwide as buyers express fears about personal safety. Meanwhile, some lawmakers are using the Colorado shooting to seek new weapon restrictions.

The shootings have also triggered intense debate over gun control and whether government has a role in reining in the ownership of firearms.

Written and Submitted by: Asha Staples

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