Concealed weapon permit requests across the region are setting records this week.
Pennigton County had a staggering 49 requests this past Tuesday, and has had at least twice the average number all week long.
Captain Jay Evenson with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office says the amount of permits typically goes up anytime there is a concern of gun laws changing.
He says the recent election as well as the shooting in Connecticut could play roles in the increase, "In the western part of the United States, guns are part of the culture, whether you're a rancher and you use it for vermin hunting or protecting your herds, you'll see weapons in more and more homes in this type of community, then you would if you went back to the east coast and the west coast."
Evenson says permit numbers are likely to remain high for another couple of weeks, as they usually do, then head back down.