Daily Caller — In light of the recent San Bernardino terrorist attacks, many states are beginning to relax their restrictions on concealed carry weapons (CCWs). Because of this change in policy, in combination with the December tragedy, Americans are purchasing smaller guns that can be used as CCWs. The reason people are moving to smaller guns? It’s easier to store, conceal and find concealed carry holsters that don’t leave an imprint.
When the San Bernardino attack took place, I was working a couple freeway exits up from Inland Regional Hospital (IRC). I saw the community come together to support one another, but I also saw something completely different: a community that was fairly against guns – particularly CCWs – becoming suddenly fond of the idea of packing. It took the death of 14 people and a national tragedy to make an anti-gun community open their eyes to the possibility – and probability – of becoming law-abiding, concealed carrying citizens.
In the days and weeks after the horrific event took place, people began flocking to the county Sheriff’s office, requesting their own concealed carry permit. By late last month, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s office had a backlog of concealed carry permit requests; their CCW applications increased by nine-fold.
While fear has ignited the recent traffic increase the gun industry has seen, the reasoning for wanting to own a firearm remains the same: people want to know how to protect themselves should they need to in a self-defense type of situation.