Pitt County Gun Permit Applications Up By 250 Since Last Year

By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor
By: April Davis/ Lynnette Taylor

Whether it's the recent rash of crime or just the concern about safety, there has been a significant uptick of people applying for gun permits.
In Pitt County, they've already exceeded the number of gun permit applications since last year by 250.

Every Tuesday and Thursday the Pitt County Sheriff's Office accepts applications for gun permits. Whether it's for buying a gun or to carry a concealed weapon, the sheriff says they've had 250 more applications now than this time in 2010. So far this year, there have been 1,881 permits insured to people to purchase a gun, that's 56 more than the year before. And 913 people have asked to carry and conceal their weapon which is almost 200 more than in 2010.

We spoke to two men applying for gun permits Tuesday.

"You need this for your protection because it's not the worst, but it's not best and I feel at my age, I'm too old to fight, so I got to get something to help me," said Bobby keys.

"I did it for the gun safety as well as the additional protection at the house- being aware of the laws and my rights, and everything else," said Mark Nunamaker.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks adds, most applicants in Pitt County are from Greenville where there have been 12 murders from 2010 until now. In 10 of those murders guns were used.

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  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Dec 7, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    To the writer of this article and a few others who might like to know, there is no such thing as a "gun permit" or a requirement to obtain a permit to carry a firearm. There is a "pistol/handgun purchase permit" and a permit to carry a handgun "concealed" or hidden. Owning guns requires no permits, purchase of long guns requires no permits, open carry requires no permits. Just use common sense as to how and where you open carry. Thank God for the Constitution.
  • by Wharf Rat Location: Brunswick Co. on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    Just remember, folks, the dregs of society are not going through the legal process to acquire a weapon. They will wait for a chance to steal yours. Keep them secure.
  • by Resident Greenville Location: Greenville,NC on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    We have a lot of crime in Greenville. Being armed is one way to protect yourself the other is to use your head if you go armed. I took the course and am armed each day.
  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 7, 2011 at 04:25 AM
    Carry safe, be responsible, and overall your best weapon is your mind!
  • by Armed on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    Good news to read. Now we need carrying allowed at restaurants, and for places like ECU and the mall to take down the no guns signs - those mean that only criminals will be armed.
    • reply
      by REM on Dec 7, 2011 at 05:05 AM in reply to Armed
      You can carry in the mall already.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:44 PM in reply to Armed
      Yeah, allow it on college campuses and the first time someone gets shot everyone will be crying "Why did they allow guns on our campuses?!?!" GL with that.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 7, 2011 at 03:16 AM
    Who would have thunk it? It's not safe in Greenville
    • reply
      by Audra - SoCal on Dec 10, 2011 at 03:45 PM in reply to
      It's not safe on the planet.
  • by 40some on Dec 6, 2011 at 08:07 PM
    Crime? What crime in greenville? Ok, I saw it from a few years ago and about 100miles away. Doesn't seem to be getting better either. Living in Jacksonville, I hope there is never anthing I need so bad as to go in that direction.
  • by Whoo Hoo! on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    Lock & Load, Greenville!
  • by T Maxx Location: G-vvegas on Dec 6, 2011 at 07:43 PM
    If police were on every corner it wouldnt be enough, Crime would still happen.People arm yourself and take a gun safety and concealment class better to have one and not need it than to need one and not have it. yep obama is spreading his class warfare and socialist beliefs system. which throught out history always failed. But is you dont believe he is a socialist just view youtube where there have audio from his first book dreams of my father, you can hear it in his own words. Proverbs 28:1.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Dec 6, 2011 at 06:55 PM
    We gotta protect ourselves against all the thugs who have ILLEGAL guns.
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