As the number of shootings rises in Chicago, so is the number of people who are are looking to defend themselves. In 2016, nearly 4,400 people were shot and 800 of those shootings were fatal. As of February 27, 2017, more than 500 people have been shot in Chicago this year already. As a result, the city has been a spike in the number of people that are seeking gun ownership and concealed carry.
In 2016, when compared to 2015, the number of concealed carry permits that Chicagoans has been issued has risen an impressive 50 percent. In 2016, 22,517 permits were issued versus the 13,948 in 2015. These numbers go beyond just concealed carry as more people are seeking gun permits to protect their homes and businesses.
In 2015, 23,725 Chicago residents obtained a Firearm Owners Identification (FOID) card. In 2016, that number spiked to 38,712 for state issued gun permits, which is a rise of more than 63 percent over the two year period, according to DNA Info reports. The Illinois State Police report that roughly 212,000 Chicago residents now have a FOID card to own a gun for self-defense.