More people in Colorado than ever before are attempting to legally carry a concealed gun, and by no small margin.
It's 87 percent more.
And while 2012 saw a sizable increase from 2011 of permit seekers, that figure pales in comparison to this year.
From January to June, 31,518 background checks were processed for concealed-carry permits by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, according to bureau data. For the same period last year, there were only 16,886 processed.
In addition, more background checks have been processed in the first six months of 2013 than in all of 2011 — and only 1,305 fewer than the total for all of 2012.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the demand for permits has become so great, he had to add staff to keep up with applicant numbers.
Experts differ on the motivating factors behind the soaring numbers.