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Loudoun County’s concealed carry handgun permits have risen by nearly 500 percent in the past eight years, according to figures provided by the Loudoun County Clerk of Court’s Office.

Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens (R) says applications have increased so much that his staff is overwhelmed by the requests. As a result of the surge in applications, Clemens asked the Board of Supervisors to approve a $75,019 request in its 2018 budget to hire a new civil case management clerk to help with concealed carry applications and other tasks. Supervisors eventually signed off on Clemens’ request.

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“It goes up every year and in this fiscal year we are definitely projecting that we will have received the most applications than we did back in 2000 when I first started,” Clemens told the Times-Mirror.

Clemens believes the uptick in applications is being fueled by the county’s continued growth. He also said the clerk’s office has seen a “tremendous surge” in the volume of concealed gun permit applications after President Barack Obama took office in 2009.

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