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Demand for Gun Permits Skyrockets in Michigan!! What's the Reason?? -Link

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  1. LanceOregon

    LanceOregon

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    Why is the demand for gun permits skyrocketing so high in Michigan? We are talking a DOUBLING IN DEMAND!

    Are people frightened and scared? Why such a big jump?

    Here is a link to the complete news story:

    http://www.freep.com/article/20100115/NEWS06/1150378/1318/Fear-fuels-demand-for-gun-permits



    Fear fuels demand for gun permits

    Advocates, others fired up over the economy, politics

    BY DAWSON BELL and GINA DAMRON
    FREE PRESS STAFF WRITERS


    The number of Michiganders licensed to carry concealed weapons has reached 220,422 -- nearly 10 years after the state liberalized its permit law and following a record number of CCW applicants in the 12 months from July 1, 2008, to June 30, 2009.

    More than 92,000 of those with permits live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

    In the 12-month period, 73,000 applied for permits and 66,446 were approved, according to newly released Michigan State Police records. That's nearly double the number from the previous 12 months, an increase largely due to permit renewals by people who got their CCW permits soon after the law took effect.

    Still, nearly 1 in 35 Michigan adults is licensed to carry a concealed weapon.

    Advocates said interest in gun ownership has been rising with the state's economic anxiety and fears -- mostly unfounded -- that government may try to curtail gun ownership.

    "People feel like getting a license sends a message to the politicians in Washington," said Chesterfield Township firearms instructor Mary Polkowski. "They want to get a (CCW) permit because they have a right to."

    The manager of Target Sports in Royal Oak, who asked to be identified as Ray, said Thursday that enrollment in firearms training classes at the store has doubled since September 2008. He said much of the increase, like that registered in the sale of firearms and ammunition after the 2008 election, appeared to have been spurred by fears that President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority in Congress would curtail the sale and use of firearms.

    Even though that hasn't happened, fears remain, enthusiasts said.

    State Police spokeswoman Melody Kindraka had a more prosaic explanation for the spike in CPL -- often referred to as CCW -- applications in the 12-month reporting period that ended June 30: Most were renewals.

    A change in the permit law in 2001 prohibited gun boards from denying permits except for specific reasons, such as felony convictions and mental illness. That year, applications surged.

    Kindraka said many of the permits issued soon after the law changed expired in 2008 and 2009.

    Still, no one argues that interest in armed self-defense isn't growing. The number of CPL holders is more than law enforcement officials predicted during the contentious debate over changing the law. Most estimates suggested 200,000 permits would satisfy demand in Michigan.
    Polkowski, owner of the Ultimate Protection Academy in Macomb County, said interest in firearms and self-defense has intensified in the last 18 months. Part of the reason is related to the economy and fears about crime rising along with joblessness, she said. Part of it, she said, is a reaction to the Democratic Party's control in the nation's capital.

    "People are concerned about their intentions in Washington," Polkowski said.
     
  2. spartan985

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    I just had mine come in on dec 23rd.... applied in the first week of nov.

    I'm in wayne county, and I was also told it could take up to 6 months because of the number of permit applications.
     

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    slewfoot Random Mayhem

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    Change they can believe in?
     
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    RonS Millennium Member

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    The number of animals roaming the streets?

    The reports of home invasions that are coming from non big city areas?

    Common sense becoming more common?

    Lack of confidence in government? No, wait that was #3.
     
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    Michigan is a hole. That's why.

    Ever been to Battlecreek? Awful place... and I've lived in Africa.
     
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    Aside from a few bad citys... I think your dead wrong.....
     
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    Please. Michigan's chief export is Michiganders.

    There are a few nice areas, yes. The U.P. isn't bad, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Portage.

    Just don't got to Battlecreek. Ever.
     
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    RonS Millennium Member

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    Don't tell people about the UP, I want to go back in a few years when I retire.
     
  9. GuerrillaZoot

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    :zipmouth: Yessir!
     
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    I don't know about all of Michigan but , if I lived in Detroit or such I'd be buying a tank or armored car:wow:
     
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    That is so completely uncalled for.What is wrong with you???
     
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    DaGroaner Anti-Socialist

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    I can think of 5 cities in Michigan worse than Battle Creek. Seriously...Battle Creek????
     
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    *laughing*

    They can be on the "do not vacation to" list as well. Although being the halfway point between Chicago and Detroit there are a lot of drugs that get trafficked through BC. Not a pretty sight, it used to be a pretty nice place when Kellog was there.

    As to the question of what is wrong with me, well... nothing! I don't live in Michigan, so I'm happy as can be. Do you need a shoulder to cry on? A tampon? Anything? I'm here to help, so let me know. Saving someone the trouble of visiting Battle Creek is something you should be THANKING me for.

    Edit: As it turns out I see you actually LIVE IN Battle Creek. MAN, that must suck.
     
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    This guy paints with a wide brush......
    I live in MI and I'm happy to be here. I must be a moron then :dunno:
     
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    Relax, guys. I have a lot of family in Michigan and most of them are quite happy as well. I didn't call anyone a moron. Love the Fallout avatar, by the way.
     
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    I'm wondering if the pistol permits are for the ones who CAN'T leave, and the ones without permits are just too broke to afford it. Or felons, and don't need one.
     
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    Mrs.Cicero Wayward Member

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    I live in MI. It sucks. We stay because Mr.C's job is here, and the homeschooling laws are the best in the nation. But the center of the state is a swamp, the governor and its senators are idiots and imbeciles, and the state is so over-regulated and unionized that it will be 30 years before its economy recovers. If ever.

    Mrs.Cicero, one of those '09 renewals who can't leave
     
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