Secretary of State Shantel Krebs says she is issuing far fewer concealed pistol permits than she was at the beginning of the year. According to KELO Radio, concealed weapons permits issued have declined every month from 5,833 in February to 1,331 in July.
SOS Krebs says the drop comes from a drop in public anxiety not about crime but about political bogey(wo)men:
“After President Trump has been elected, we’ve seen a steady decline in those numbers of concealed carry permits being issued. It does attribute to our presidential election,” Krebs says. “That’s what it boils down to, the election process, I think people feeling less stress about their second amendment rights being trampled on, or gun control issues being imposed upon them” [Lee Strubinger, “Concealed Carry Permit Numbers down in SD Due to Trump Presidency,” SDPB Radio, 2017.08.10].
Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, had no intention of taking guns away from any law-abding South Dakotan. Krebs’s statement and the concealed pistol permit stats show that gun acquisition is driven more by irrational fear than by any fact-based threat analysis.