Welker keeps his ear on the phone as he talks at the counter to people pickingup or applying for permits. He is getting about 50 requests a day for permits.Most are first-time applicants."They feel it's their right," he said. "They now are coming out in force."They range from 21 to 93 years old. He's had octogenarians, one with an oxygenbottle and another with a walker, come to the counter. Welker said he hears, "I'mscared. I feel it's my right. I want to be protected."Prior to the school shooting, the typical reasons for getting a permit were totarget shoot or to transport a handgun in a vehicle, Welker said. Now peoplewant to carry a handgun for protection and because the gun laws might change.Prior to the rush, about 6,000 people were permitted to carry a concealedweapon in Franklin County, according to Welker. A decade ago about 1,200 countians a year acquired or renewed their license tocarry a concealed weapon, according to state police. The number jumped to2,200 in 2011. A license must be renewed every five years.Handgun sales in the county have more than doubled, from less than 2,000 in2002 to more than 4,000 in 2011. Sales of long guns, rifles and shotguns haveheld steady."I kind of hits you with everybody running scared," Seburn said. "I feel sorrythey're feeling pressured. Nobody wants to see anybody, especially kids, hurt."It's difficult keeping ammunition stocked, he said. Gun owners are buying $300 to$700 worth at a time. One customer bought more than $1,000 worth beforeheading to another gun store for more. Another came in with his wife and threechildren and felt compelled to buy one more box of ammo. "I feel they didn't havethe extra $50 to $60," Seburn said. "That's a hard thing to see."Some liken the run on ammunition to stocking up on bread and milk before asnowstorm, or topping off a fuel tank and filling gas cans at the start of an energycrisis. At first, people bought assault rifles, Seburn said, just to have one or to reselllater at a profit.Currently, pistols that fit in a pocket are hot items.