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How Many Salem Residents Have Gun Permits?

President Barack Obama's proposals for new gun control measures have everyone talking. But do you know how many of your neighbors might be armed?

In the wake of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary, President Barack Obama has made several new proposals for increased gun control.

That got us thinking. How many Salem residents have a gun license?

The answer: 1,111, if you're talking about the most common type of gun license. In bureaucratic-speak, that's the "Resident Class A Large Capacity License to Carry Firearms."

According to the Globe, it's the only Massachusetts license that lets individuals carry a concealed weapon and own any type of legal gun.

To put that 1,111 person figure in context, Salem's population is 41,654 according to the 2010 Census.

Other local gun license statistics:

  • Salem Firearms Identification Cards - 122
  • Salem ID Card for Chemical Propellant - 90
  • Class B Non-Large Capacity License - 47

If you are interested in getting a gun permit, you must make an appointment with the Salem Police Department.

Check back later this week for a more comprehensive look at Salem gun statistics.

Alikya Wingate January 17, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Herein lies the issue... The number of licenses in no way speaks to how many residents are armed, only how many have taken the proper legal steps toward that potential. Gun licenses are in no way a statistical measure of gun violence. If you are trying to scare us you should compare the number of gun licenses in Salem to the number of drivers' licenses. I feel safer thinking my neighbors might be packing than I do driving down to the Target.
Chris Helms (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Thanks, Alikya. These numbers actually made me feel like there are fewer guns in Salem than I'd thought. It's not even 3 percent of the population that even has a license. You are of course right to point out that not everyone who is licensed necessarily has a gun. And, as we know too well, plenty of unlicensed folks have them too!

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