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Utah’s concealed gun permit applications reached a record high, due to deadly mass shootings and gun control talk around the country. The state Bureau of Criminal Identification is projecting a total of 138,720 permits for 2013.

In addition, BCI ended the 2013 fiscal year with a $2.3 million revenue surplus, prompting at least one state lawmaker to wonder whether the state is charging too much for the permit. Utah residents pay $46 and nonresidents pay $51. The renewal fee is $15.

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