The Wolfeboro Police Department has experienced a stunning increase in the number of pistol permit applications.
Police Chief Stuart Chase recently told the Police Commission that the number of pistol/revolver license applications has quadrupled in the first month of 2013, compared with last year’s monthly average. In January alone, the department received 48 pistol/revolver permit applications while in an average month the department processes between 10 and 12.
On Wednesday, Chase said the increase in applications translates to more work for officers who do the “footwork” and review the paperwork, but that so far the department is able to comply with the two-week turnaround time required by the state.
Speaking as an individual and not on behalf of the department, Chase said the increase may be a “knee jerk” reaction to the political debate over gun control, and perhaps the perception by some that gun rights will be hindered.
“I think people are afraid their right to have a firearm will be taken away; that’s the general fear,” he said, adding that many people arm themselves for protection.