For the first 42 years of his life, David Yamane never touched a gun. But the Wake Forest University professor is now among North Carolina’s concealed-carry permit holders, whose numbers have more than tripled since he first nervously pulled a trigger in 2010.
State Bureau of Investigations data show that the number of permits rose from 177,787 in 2010 to 647,553 this Jan. 1.
Yamane doesn’t just shoot guns — he studies them, too. As a sociology professor at Wake Forest, he researches gun culture and policy in today’s America.
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