Concealed Carry Permits Up Following Pastor Carr's Murder

Less than four days after that fatal home invasion where Pastor Carr was killed in Greenville, the number of people in Pitt County applying for a concealed weapon permit has jumped significantly.

On a usual week, Pitt County clerks will process about 25 applications. Since Monday, they've processed about 60, with most of them on Tuesday and Wednesday.

One man we spoke to, Steven Pearce, actually worked with Pastor Carr's wife and says this tragedy has further convinced him why he and his family need a gun in their home. "I can just imagine in a situation where I am broken into and I'm home and my life is threatened and when that happens, I have the rights to protect myself and that's what I want to be able to do."

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office says anyone who applies for a permit will have to wait 90 days for the background check to return. A pistol permit only takes 2-and-a-half days.


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