RICHMOND, Va - Virginia is issuing a growing number of concealed-carry gun permits to people in other states, and this may be because of a new trend.
The recently introduced online gun courses allow applicants to get a permit from Virginia that is valid in their state, but without having to meet tougher requirements, such as firing an actual gun with an instuctor.
Virginia State Police issued 1,632 concealed-carry permits to nonresidents through the first half of 2012, topping the previous year's total of 1,321 nonresident permits.
There are no hard numbers on the cause because state police do not track how many people take online training compared to other types of training.
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