Gun Sales, Carry Permits on Rise in Chicago

Chicago Police forensic service vehicle arrives at the scene where four people were shot and killed at a restaurant on March 30, 2017.
Chicago Police forensic service vehicle arrives at the scene where four people were shot and killed at a restaurant on March 30, 2017. photo from CBSnews.comweb photo

The need and desire for legal firearms in violence-ridden Chicago is on the rise, according to this story from CBSnews.com.

The story says according to Illinois State Police say the number of firearm owner ID applications in Chicago has doubled from about 19,600 in 2014 to nearly 39,000 last year and they say it's on track to surpass that number this year.

In 2010, a proposed handgun ban in the city was proposed and struck down. A ban on gun shops was lifted in the city in 2014, though there haven't been any registered gun shops to open in the city since, the story says.

Nationally, there seemed to be a bit of a downturn in gun sales in the first quarter of 2017, but recent reports from the nation’s major gun companies, along with NICS numbers, show business is recovering and coming back to normal.

The story says officials in Illinois performed about 1.9 million background checks last year, an increase from 1.2 million in 2015.

The total number of concealed-carry licenses has risen dramatically from 91,000 in 2014 to 220,000 last year. Illinois only began allowing concealed carry permits in 2013.

"People are worried about protecting themselves in the Chicago area," said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, in the story. "People started seeing the value of a concealed carry license."