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Rise in gun permit applications keeps fingerprint workers busy


A recent spike in gun sales is giving a big boost to another type of business. Companies that provide fingerprinting services say they are seeing four times as many customers compared to this time last year.

Goin' Postal is the only business in Williamson County that collects fingerprints for background checks, and its waiting list is currently full through April.

"Right now, we are doing about 50 a day. Normally this time of year, we would do maybe six to eight," said store owner Randy Johnston.

Johnston said the reason is because most of the customers are applying for a handgun carry permit.

"It's not a panic yet, but a just in case, because they are hearing things - whether through the grapevine or somewhere - that changes could be coming with the gun laws," Johnston said.

That's why Jacqueline Staggs, a mother of four, and her husband both came to be fingerprinted Wednesday.

"It is more a rights and a personal protection issue," Staggs said. "And exercise our rights before they are changed."

"We have a lot of young girls, 20- and 21-year-old girls, but also senior citizens," Johnston said. "We had a lady last week that was 88 that we fingered for a gun permit."

All of these customers have been through the required gun training course and applied for their carry permit before making an appointment for the fingerprinting.

The fingerprinting only takes a couple of minutes, leaves no mess on your hands and within seconds, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has your information, runs a background check and turns up any convictions or even speeding tickets on file.

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