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.
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."