Want to see a great example of the exploding popularity of concealed carry? Look no further than Allegheny County, Penn., where the number of permits issued is on pace to rise 40 percent this year from last year.
According to a report in the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, Deputy Sheriff Ryan Foster detailed the jump in carry permits issued this year when speaking at a seminar hosted by two local state legislators in Oakdale, Penn.
“The numbers [of licenses issued] started to spike when I took over in 2015,” he said. “We issued 25,000 licenses to carry in 2015 … and we could issue 30,000 to 35,000 this year.”
After the address, Foster discussed reasons for the increase with the Post-Gazette, saying, “I believe that [the increase] is due to the terrorist attacks [on citizens]. That’s what has been ascertained to me from the applicants.”