Cass County, Nebraska follows a national pattern with the recent increase in requests for firearms purchase certificates.
Gun advocates first were concerned after President Obama was re-elected that there could be more restrictions on gun ownership nationwide. Then the mass killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut happened and there were renewed concerns of gun ownership restrictions combined with individuals with a heightened desire to own guns for self-defense purposes.
The Cassgram reports those concerns are evident in applications at the City/County Law Enforcement Center in Cass County. The county provided these local totals for the applications for firearm purchase certificates:
2011 - 425
2012 – 660
In 2013 through Wednesday: 56
Further examination of the 2012 recap shows 179 of the applications were made from the day after the General Election to December 14th. There were 67 applications from December 14th, the day of the Newtown killings, to December 31st.
The application is made and a $5 fee is collected. A background check is then conducted on the individual requesting the certificate.