Officials say demand is starting to slow. Kennewick Police say it used to take about a month to process a CPL application. Now, it takes about two weeks.
We pulled the numbers for people requesting a permit. Between January through August of this year and last year, permit requests spiked more than 50%.
Not everyone agrees arming yourself is the best choice.
"Only bad things happen if you own a weapon, and somebody comes at you, breaks into your house or something. You got a weapon, you're going to be shot," said Kennewick resident Chuck Ridder.
To apply for a CPL, you must be over 21. They're processed on the county or city level.