Surge in firearms permits in Lancaster County

Requests for permits up more than 100 percent in March and April
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LINCOLN – Public fear over the pandemic maybe behind a surge in firearms purchase permits in Lancaster County, according to public safety officials.

Firearms purchase permits were up 132% for March, and about 100% for April, according to stats released by Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner.

Typically, purchase permits for firearms average 200 to 300 request per month but in March and April requests spiked to 758 and 553 respectively.

The sheriff’s department says permit processing is taking longer than normal due to the increase in requests and because everything is being handled by mail.

2017 2018 2019 2020
January 388 302 296 318
February 420 303 275 342
March 356 409 327 758
April 242 294 246 553
May 215 209 211
June 215 220 205
July 196 216 214
August 218 263 305
September 213 223 243
October 301 273 231
November 309 275 229
December 333 319 329

SOURCE: Lancaster Co. Public Safety – Firearms purchase permits

 

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