Detroit Residents Answer Police Chief's Call To Arms

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig says legal gun ownership in his city can help stop crime. photo from FoxNews.com.web photo

Modern-day Detroit is a rough place, beleaguered by crime and poverty and protected by a dwindling police force spread thin enough that Police Chief James Craig has given his blessing and official backing to city residents who have increasingly taken to arming themselves for their own protection, according to this story from FoxNews.

"When you look at the city of Detroit, we're kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns," Craig said.

The story says the "chief's call to arms" first came in December, 2013, and has been answered by thousands of Motor City dwellers who have chosen to own and carry firearms for self- and home- defense.

In 2014, 1,169 new handgun permits were issued, with 8,102 guns registered with the Detroit PD. The story says many of those were prior permit holders who bought new firearms.

To date in 2015, nearly 500 permits have been issued by the department and more than 5,000 guns have been registered, the story says.

How hard is it to get a concealed-carry permit in Michigan? Not too tough, when compared to states like New York and New Jersey, where it's nearly impossible.

Residents must complete eight hours of training, and there are firearms academies and gun shops in Detroit that offer one-day courses for about $100.

The story quotes Rick Ector, a firearms instructor who runs the blog Legally Armed in Detroit, who says he and other instructors have seen a steady rise in locals looking to get a permit to protect themselves either on the street or at home, and that home invasions are down due to a spate of homeowners using guns against intruders.

Ector also said women are driving the growth of the Detroit firearms business.

"It used to be that we would only have one or two women in a class," he said. "Now we are seeing much, much more. This past May, I held a class where we trained 300 ladies."