End of the year statistics shows that handgun carry permits have greatly increased in 2012. LegallyArmed.com reports there are 14,278 handgun carry permit holders in Rutherford County. Rutherford County ranks number five in the state for the number of residents with a valid handgun permit.
In Tennessee alone, gun permit holders have increased by over 35,000 in the past year. There are 376,050 active handgun permit holders in the Volunteer state. In 2011, there were 341,000 active permit holders.
Also of interesting note: The Department of Safety reports that Rutherford County ranks fourth in the state for having the highest number of Tennessee handgun carry permits suspended, revoked, or denied.
2011 Statistics showed the following information for counties with residents who had their permit suspended, revoked or denied: Shelby (319), Davidson (162), Knox (75), Rutherford (61), and Hamilton (56).