The number of Indiana residents whose gun permit requests were denied by State Police has nearly doubled in the past four years amid an increase in permit applications.
State officials say the rise in denials also might be attributed to new technology that allows police to be more thorough in screening applicants. State police last year denied 2,028 gun permit applications statewide, which is nearly double the 1,054 applications denied by the agency in 2009. State police say that they are checking applications even more carefully now that more of them are coming in.
Under state law, police will not grant a gun permit to a person with a felony conviction.
Gun permit holders also must not have been convicted for a domestic violence crime, must not have a record of being an alcohol or drug abuser and must not have a propensity for violent or emotionally unstable behavior.