Gun debate heats up again
The figures are startling.
In Pennsylvania, background checks rose from 79,821 in October to 133,241 in December in 2012, according to the FBI’s records. During that same time period in 2011, checks in Pennsylvania rose from 63,135 in October to 84,456 in December.
There were a total of 718,934 checks in Pennsylvania in 2011; there were 968,534 in 2012. Nationwide, there were 16.4 million checks in 2011; there were 19.5 million in 2012.
A federal background check doesn’t always indicate a new gun is purchased, but the firearms industry uses these numbers as an indicator of how well the gun business is doing.
Sheriffs around the state have reported a surge in applications for conceal-carry permits in recent weeks.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office received 439 applications for permits to carry concealed weapons between Dec. 17, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013, according to John McCann, a spokesman for Sheriff Joseph McGinn. During that same period the previous year, the office received 186 applications.
The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office received a total of 4,988 applications — which includes renewals and new applicants — in 2011; that figure jumped to 6,051 in 2012.
In neighboring Chester County, Sheriff Carolyn “Bunny” Welsh said her office received 766 applications for permits to carry concealed weapons between Dec. 17, 2012-Jan. 4, 2013. During that same period the previous year, the office received 334 applications.
The Chester County Sheriff’s Office received a total of 3,879 applications in 2011; that figure jumped to 6,128 in 2012.
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