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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

November 14, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The number of people packing heat in Albany has increased dramatically.

Last October Dougherty County probate Court received only 50 applications for concealed weapons permits. This October, that number almost tripled to 140.

 Probate Court Judge Nancy Stephenson said it's clear that fear is driving the increase in applications.   "People are more fearful. They don't feel like anybody else can protect them and so they're trying to protect themselves."

Stephenson warns, if you carry a gun, know how to use it. She encourages people take firearms training, so they don't end up doing more harm by owning a gun that they don't know how to operate.

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