Demand for concealed pistol permits jumps in Wash.

Demand for concealed pistol permits jumps in Wash.
EVERETT, Wash. - Recent shootings have triggered a push that is overwhelming local offices that issue concealed weapon permits.

In Snohomish County alone, the firearm frenzy has officials struggling to keep up with the mushrooming demand.

Brenda Gibbs with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says she's seeing more and more people lining up and reading up to apply for a concealed pistol license.

"We have seen an increase over the last couple of months," she says.

Just how big of an increase?

In 2011 the county issued an average of 523 concealed pistol licenses each month. In 2012 that average jumped to 734 per month - with nearly 1,300 issued in December alone - double the number in the same month the previous year.

The numbers signal a contentious time for gun control. This weekend gun advocates rallied peacefully across the nation and in Olympia against President Barack Obama's sweeping federal gun control proposals.

The new plans were spurred by the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

The president called for a ban on high-capacity magazines and assault rifles, along with 23 executive orders that some believe put the Second Amendment in jeopardy.

"I'm initiating my own executive order and buying rifles and magazines before they can no longer be purchased," says gun owner Kyle Schreiner.

In Snohomish County it's that rush to buy that has the Sheriff's Office scrambling to keep up with demand.

"We've had to adjust some staff - try to make sure we have enough people just focusing just on this task," says Gibbs.

The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office says the courthouse office has been so busy some operations have been moved to the eastern part of the county.