Surging Concealed Carry: The American Response To Paris Terror Attacks

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A large part of the American response to the Paris terror attacks is a surge in concealed carry, with a greater-than 100 percent jump in permit applications in some places.

Breitbart News previously reported that sign-ups for concealed carry classes at San Antonio’s Texas Guns “doubled” following the Paris attacks and permit applications in Limestone County, Alabama, saw their “biggest spike” following the attacks as well.

Now there is Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, where Police One reports that permit applications for one day increased by more than 100 percent on Monday, November 16. The Allegheny Sheriff’s Office described the days after the Paris attacks as those in which “the line [for concealed carry permit applications] will go clear out the door [and] wrap around to the courtyard.” The sheriff’s office estimated the number of phone calls relating to concealed carry “]quadrupled]” in the attack aftermath.

The NRA-ILA reports that concealed carry permit applications “more than doubled” in Chester County, Pennsylvania. And Cleveland’s ABC 5 reports that concealed carry permit applications in Summit County, Ohio were up 60-percent on Wednesday, November 18, compared to Wednesday, November 11.

ABC 5 reported that permit applications “doubled” in Portage County, Ohio, too.

As these surges in concealed carry take place around the country they are being complimented by a sharp rise in gun sales. And it is important to note that many of those buying guns in the wake of the Paris attacks are first time gun buyers. Breitbart News reported  this jump in first time gun buyers last week, ABC 3 reported it in Florida, and ABC 5 reports that the gun stores in Ohio are seeing the same thing.

Store owners say that people who have never owned a gun before are now coming in to obtain one for the security it provides.

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