The Otoe County Sheriff's Office expects to issue no more than 10 handgun permits a month, but issued 20 on a single day Jan. 14 and says the surge for permits since the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook shooting continues.

The sheriff's office issued 69 permits in the first 15 days of January.

Otoe County citizens continue to apply for handgun permits at record pace.
The Otoe County Sheriff's Office reports that 69 permits have been issued so far in January and there were 20 permits issued on a single day Jan. 14.

The sheriff's office says permit applications increased after the Dec. 14 shooting of 20 children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.

In a typical month, the sheriff's office issues 10 to 20 permits to purchase a handgun. In the three weeks after the shooting, the sheriff's office issued over 60 permits.

Otoe County Sheriff Jim Gress said there always seems to be a surge of interest for gun permits whenever the federal government discusses changes to the nation's gun laws.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations reports that background checks for firearm purchases were at an all-time high in December. The FBI reports that 2.8 million background checks were completed for those seeking to buy firearms in December, compared to 1.9 million in December of 2011.

The sheriff's office reports that usually all of the permit applications come from people who already own guns, but most of the applications in December came from people who had not had permits before.