I have here, thanks to reader Alex, a copy of the county by county numbers for 2008 for the number of Licenses to Carry issued in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The numbers are only a good estimate, taken by adding up the number of applications approved for a five year period for each county sheriff. Â In total Pennsylvania issues 638,000 LTCs, or a total of 7% of the adult population. Â Highest issuing counties, on a per capita basis, are Armstrong (20%), Cameron (19%), Potter (18%), and Centre (18%) counties. All predominantly rural, though Centre county is home to Penn State. Lowest on a per-capita basis is Philadelphia (still at 2.7% of the adult population) followed by Delaware, Montgomery, Chester, Northampton and Bucks (at 5.2% of the adult population).
Given these numbers, it’s amazing Arlen Specter thought it was a good idea to vote with Mayors Against Illegal Guns and vote against the Thune Amendment. Keep in mind many people in Pennsylvania have LTCs, but do not carry regularly. A little known fact, but Pennsylvania’s laws for transporting handguns in a vehicle without an LTC are as strict as New Jersey’s, so there are folks who have them just for transporting handguns in their vehicles.
If you live in a town with a MAIG mayor, this might be a big wake-up call to see these kinds of numbers. I’ll bet a lot of Bloomberg mayors have no idea how many LTC carriers they have in their county. All of which, presumably, would like their LTCs to be valid in other states, even if they are just transporting a handgun to go shooting, rather than for personal protection.