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From the Lehigh Valley Project 9/12 Tea Party-Second Amendment Committee


The reign of Barack Hussein Obama has been marked by assaults on America –he was a vocal defender of Islamic terrorism and illegal immigration – assaults on friends of America, like Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East; and of course, assaults on America’s freedoms, like the Second Amendment.

But Obama is finally leaving the White House, and will soon be replaced by an American Patriot. And as 2016 comes to a close, “more people want to legally carry a concealed firearm than ever… Conceal carry license applications are up across America, Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley this year,” according to a Morning Call article.

Under federal law, every application must be run through the National Instant Check System, a database that can determine if a person is legally barred from carrying a concealed weapon. Applicants can be denied if they have a known drug addiction, been imprisoned for more than a year or have a history of domestic violence, among other reasons. Pennsylvania state law extends denials to anyone ever committed to a mental health institution.

Pennsylvania is among the leading states in background checks, according to FBI statistics; and as of Nov. 30, Pennsylvania officials had accessed NICS (National Instant Check System) for that purpose more than a million times, the seventh-most checks by a state.

Inquiries to the NICS have been on the rise for a decade, the FBI says, according to the article. The first 11 months of 2016 saw 24.7 million background checks performed through NICS, about 1.6 million more checks than were performed in 2015. The incomplete 2016 numbers are nearly double the 12.7 million conducted in 2008.

In Pennsylvania, applications are submitted to county sheriff’s departments, which contact state police to run names through the system. The Lehigh Valley’s two sheriffs said their offices have been inundated with applications all year, breaking recent records.

As of Dec. 15, Lehigh County Sheriff Joe Hannah said the county had received 6,195 applications, breaking last year’s record of 5,725. Northampton County Sheriff David Dalrymple said his department received its 5,400th application as of Dec. 9 — just 56 off its record set in 2013.

State law requires application reviews be completed within 45 days. Both sheriffs said they’ve had to hire additional staff to still do it. Hannah said he’s looking to train another part-time deputy to assist in the reviews.

Kim Stolfer, founder of Gun Owners Against Crime, says Americans are becoming more proactive in their own safety. The increased visibility of mass shootings has caused people to take extra precautions, especially when police officials like Detroit Police Chief James Craig have advocated for citizens to legally carry weapons.

“The average person is coming to realize they have the capacity, ability and skill set to protect themselves,” he said, according to the Morning Call.

  • Lehigh County: New record set in 2016 with 6,195 applications through Dec. 15
  • Northampton County: 5,400 applications through Dec. 9, on pace to break 2013 record of 5,456 applications
  • Pennsylvania: 1.03 million applications through Nov. 30, on pace to break 2015 record of 1.04 million
  • USA: New record set in 2016, with 24.7 million applications through Nov. 30

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