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PA – SELF-PROTECTION – More Pennsylvanians across the region are carrying concealed firearms, officials say

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The number of Pennsylvanians who are carrying guns has sharply increased across the region over the last year. Officials expect the trend of applying for licenses to carry to continue to rise. In the commonwealth, residents over 21 can apply for a license to carry through their local sheriff’s office.”A License to Carry Firearms is issued to carry a firearm concealed on one’s person or in a vehicle within this Commonwealth,” according to Pennsylvania State Police. “Any person who carries a firearm concealed on or about his person except in his place of abode or fixed place of business without a valid and lawfully issued license commits a felony of the third degree.”Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony saw 1,894 more applications come through his office in 2020 compared to the previous year.”There were a lot more new ones this past year than normal,” he said.Overall, Franklin County saw a nearly 62% increase in applications in a single year.Societal unrest seems to be the reason behind the increase, Anthony said.”It’s pretty obvious — it had to do with the election and it had to do with the Black Lives Matter movement,” he said. “A lot of people were worried that if Joe Biden wins the election — they’re going to take our guns, they’re going to take our weapons or they’re going to take our ammunition. I think the rioting had people scared, and people just wanted to have a chance to protect themselves, and having a license to carry is one way to do that.”In nearby Lebanon County, the number of licenses issued jumped considerably.  [full article]

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