Nolan Finley reports that Obama is affecting a stimulus of another sort. Firearms purchases. Stating that “…politicians aren’t rational…” he also cites Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard as reporting concealed carry permits have more than doubled year over year for the month of January. Digging a little further, I found out that according to Michigan State Police reports, Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses issued since July 1, 2008 2001 through February 3, 2009 are at 182,749, up from 23,790 during the July 1, 2006 to June 30, 2007 period (last full year available). That’s a 688% increase and the year isn’t over yet! At $105 per application, the state has received over $19 million from these applications.
Getting back to the rational comment, contrary to what you’ll hear from the power elite, these are some of the most law abiding citizens you’ll meet. Anyone submitting an application agrees to a background check (criminal and mental), is clear of felony and misdemeanor convictions and has passed an instruction class. All of this, despite the fact that many applicants think these regulations are unconstitutional but submit anyway rather than break the law.
Update: I spoke with the Michigan State Police about the numbers I was using. The numbers for the February 3, 2009 report are supposed to be cumulative from July 1, 2001 yet they are less than the cumulative numbers from the annual reports beginning with July 1, 2001.