ISP using new technologies turn-down many more gun permit applications

Even before the most recent wave of concern over mass murders using semi-automatic firearms, Indiana State Police were saying "no" much more often to requests for gun permits. Figures show the ISP nearly doubled the number of denials in the past four years. They said "no" more than 2,000 times in 2012, compared to about 1,000 times in 2009. Commander of Firearms Lt. Mike Rogers says state police are checking applications even more carefully now that they are arriving in increasing numbers. Rogers says the state is studying requests more carefully due - in part - to newer technologies that allow them to delve more deeply into the background of applicants. A leading cause of denials is failure to disclose a prior conviction. Others are domestic abuse and drug abuse.