The Free Press reports an increase in concealed carry permits.
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The number of Michiganders licensed to carry concealed weapons has reached 220,422 -- nearly 10 years after the state liberalized its permit law and following a record number of CCW applicants in the 12 months from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009.
More than 92,000 of those with permits live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
In the 12-month period, 73,000 applied for permits and 66,446 were approved, according to newly released Michigan State Police records. That's nearly double the number from the previous 12 months, an increase largely due to permit renewals by people who got their CCW permits soon after the law took effect.
Still, nearly 1 in 35 Michigan adults is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.