Number applying locally not high

By TODD HELBERG City Editor Published:

The number of persons seeking conceal-carry permits on Thursday was lower than what one local sheriffs office had thought. Thursday was the first day law-abiding citizens could apply for the permits which would allow them to carry concealed firearms under certain restrictions. Defiance County Sheriff David Westrick said last week that he expected several hundred persons to apply for the $45 permits. But after an initial rush of about six applicants early Thursday, only 13 showed up for the entire day, with the first arriving at 4 a.m., according to Westrick.