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.”