COLDWATER, MI (WTVB)- Looming gun control legislation under consideration on Capitol Hill has kept requests for concealed weapon permits significantly on the rise in Branch County. Sheriff John Pollack says year to year monthly comparisons show the applications more than doubling, jumping from 44 in 2012 for March up to 94 this year and the month before, it was even more obvious with 120 this year compared to just 26 in February last year. So far this month, again the permit requests for April are approaching the 90’s range.
Pollack also told the Coldwater City Council this week that the Sheriff’s Department Marine Patrol has been busy getting ready for the upcoming boating season while also taking care of an issue that’s needed attention already and required the posting of notices at public access points around the county. It’s in response to the recent flooding and the resulting wakes and the damage that can result from the boats that have already been motoring about. The Sheriff’s Department has received several complaints and boaters should remember any damage that happens from their wakes during this flood period, they’re financially responsible for repair costs.