Applications for concealed carry permits have soared a staggering 600 percent in Philadelphia.
Law-abiding residents are responding to the Democrat-controlled city’s skyrocketing violent crime rates by arming themselves.
The latest figures follow reports that a concealed carry permit holder shot and killed an alleged robber around lunchtime Wednesday in a Philadelphia corner store.
On March 31, 2022, the NRA tweeted about the incident:
Philadelphians have responded to the Biden Crime Crisis by arming themselves. Firearm license applications are up 600% in Philly!
This gentleman is absolutely right – make sure you are never defenseless. pic.twitter.com/EARVWcKCzC
— NRA (@NRA) April 1, 2022
As the Crime Prevention Research Center notes, concealed permit applications are “up 600% from recent years.”
The Philadelphia Police Department has now streamlined the application process, PhillyMag observed:
The violent crime increase in Philadelphia has, no doubt, contributed to the surge in applications.
And starting in 2021, the Philadelphia Police Department implemented a new application process.
Previously, you had to complete part of the application in-person at the Gun Permit Unit on East Erie Avenue and get fingerprinted.
But in January 2021, police removed the fingerprinting requirement (no other counties in Pennsylvania have one, according to Reilly) and moved the application process entirely online. Hassle free.
A Philadelphia resident told PhillyMag, “I have a pistol on me at all times.
“You’ve got to be crazy not to, the way things are going.”