Let’s go with the meme. Demand for gun permits increase.

Recent violent crimes, both local and across the country, have raised interest in gun ownership and questions about the laws that govern it.
But gun rationing is alive and well under NC’s restrictive purchase permit system
Rowan County residents who want to buy a handgun must fill out a purchase permit application at either the sheriff’s office in Salisbury or Landis. Purchasers must present a valid driver’s license with a correct address and undergo a criminal background check.
Buyers can apply for up to five permits per application for $5 in cash each. One application will be accepted every 30 days.
They say that more “non-traditional” people are seeking CHPs
Barringer said several years ago, the people applying for permits to purchase or carry handguns were mostly men between the ages of 35 and 55. Now their ages run as low as 21 and as high as 94, and many of them are women.
“The number of women coming in has been unreal,” Barringer said. “This week, we got numerous calls from women wanting to know about it after what happened at Wendy’s last week.”
On the afternoon of Jan. 18, a woman was sitting in her vehicle at the East Innes Street Wendy’s drive-thru when someone threatened to shoot her, punched her in the face and stole her purse.
Barringer said she doesn’t know why interest in carrying handguns has broadened, but personal safety and protection are concerns she hears a lot. Many, like Barringer herself, want to have one when they travel.
And by their statistics, permits are up
Demand for conceal and carry permits increased three or four years ago and has held steady since then, Barringer said.
“We went from maybe 50 a month five years ago to an average of at least 100 a month now,” she said. “If we didn’t work by appointments, the lobby would be packed.”
In 2010, there were 2,815 purchase permits granted and 236 denied. The same year, 1,147 conceal and carry permits were granted (both new and renewed) and 20 were denied.

Why do they need appointments to get a government permission slip to exercise their Constitutional right? It’s this sort of thing that really gets my goat. A far better solution, to my mind, is to just repeal the law against carrying a weapon concealed. If you can buy a gun, you should be able to carry it. If you can’t buy it and you get caught with it, you go to jail. While we are allowing the bureaucracy to tie up the law abiding, the criminals are running around with guns they bought off the street.
One good thing to note. The primary opposition to concealed carry, and guns in general, is women. As more women carry, it becomes harder and harder for the anti-gunners to paint us as a bunch of violent rednecks. When “nice” women stand up and say that they shoot, hunt, and carry, those women in the middle who have been propagandized by the anti-gunners start to see the lies for what they are. People mostly don’t change their irrational beliefs due to logic. They change them when they see that their respectable friends have different beliefs. Anti-gun propaganda requires that gun owners be stigmatized as “the other.” When “decent” and “normal” people have guns, this propaganda fails. Make no mistake, whenever another man carries a gun, Sarah Brady cries. But when another woman carries, Sarah, Paul Helmke, Kristen Rand, and all the rest die a little inside. They see their movement getting crushed, bit by bit. Get your wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, and co-workers to the range. The financial costs of a few rounds of .22 are minor compared to the rewards we get when another woman tells her girlfriends that she “went to the range and had a great time.”

5 Responses to Let’s go with the meme. Demand for gun permits increase.

  1. My last few trips to the gun club have been quick and all-business, I haven’t hung around and chatted as I usually do.

    But as recently as last summer the instructor at the club has said the classes have been maxed out for MONTHS ahead, and the male to female ratio has been 50/50-60/40 either way (some classes more women, others more men, but never the more traditional class of 25 students with maybe 2-3 females that was more common as recently as 5 years ago) My wife took her safety class to get her permit thought the Second Amendment sister, and that class was 30 students and ALL women, including the instructors. Not sure how common those classes are, but I’m sure they have at least one a month.

    Also given the proximity of this club to Boston, the class was probably about 50% minority of some sort as well.

    This is a huge shift from the pre-AWB days when gun ownership was a “Macho Man” thing, or for the purposes of killing ducks, deer, and doves.

    People have realized what the 2nd Amendment is all about. I’m glad.

  2. For your women readers– and their male loved ones– “Cornered Cat” is a fabulous resource. Everything is aimed (geeze, there’s that rhetoric again) at women who own or are thinking about buying a gun and carrying it. There’s a whole chapter on kids & firearms! Plus one “For the men” (how to get your woman to like guns!).

    Here’s the blurb:

    “No one in her right mind fights for the sake of fighting. But if you have to defend yourself, it’s good to have sharp claws.

    “Below you will find articles dealing with gun safety, kids, mindset, and much more. There are glossaries and step-by-step instructions on the shooting basics. If you’ve ever wondered about the legal or social or practical or ethical aspects of owning a gun or carrying it, or wonder if carrying a gun is right for you, you’ve come to the right place.”

    http://www.corneredcat.com/TOC.aspx

  3. @Marica: Yes, I like her site. It’s very sensible advice.

  4. Lots of women (and kids) at the range with husband/dad yesterday. Most of them were shooting, too.

    At hunters ed, though, I was the only woman in my class.

  5. Heather, while I know a bunch of female hunters, I still suspect the vast majority of those stomping through the woods and glades, or freezing their asses off in duck blinds are men-folk.

    But Hunting is a sport.

    The 2nd Amendment is NOT a game, it is a natural right, and that includes all men and all women.

    It appears that all the people are starting to understand that.