Number of CPL applications increased

Concealed Pistol License applications to the county clerk’s office were at an eight-year high in 2020.

St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald shared various information with county commissioners during their executive committee meeting Wednesday, when she presented her annual report for the period covering 2019 and 2020.

The number of CPL applications was one figure that stood out. In 2020, Oswald’s office fielded nearly 1,500 applications. The previous high within an eight-year period shown in her graphic was in 2016, when nearly, 1,200 applications were filed.

Oswald said she wouldn’t be surprised if the 2020 figure was an all-time high for St. Joseph County.

Other statistics Oswald showcased include six-year county lows in number of births, marriage applications and business licenses filed.

According to Oswald’s data, there were slightly more than 400 births in St. Joseph County in 2020, a bit fewer than in 2019. Regarding marriage applications, there were a little more than 300 filed in 2020, also down slightly from the previous year.

She expects numbers in that category to rise significantly in 2021.

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