In NC, the County Sheriff is an elected position. Kevin Auten won reelected in 2014 with over 70% of the vote.
Sheriff Auten reports a very large upswing in requests for gun permits. Here is what he thinks is going on:
“I think people feel the need to protect themselves. I think people aren’t comfortable with the job law enforcement can do or the military or anybody. Any attack on a person at their home, I think people are more willing to step up and say, ‘Hey, I gotta do this for myself. I can’t rely on anybody else to do it as well as I’m going to do it for myself or my family,’” Auten said.
In 2015, 4,812 new gun permits were requested. That’s about 20 per business day.
By focusing gun purchases through “establishment” licensed gun dealers, the President just made gun retailing much more profitable.