RIGHT TO CARRY PISTOLS.
Habit May Be Generally Renewed as the
Result of Robberies.With the increase in the number of burglaries and highway robberies in Richmond within the last few weeks there has come a corresponding increase increase sale of firearms, this being particularly true in the sale of revolvers by the pawn shops. This led yesterday to some inquiries being made on the subject of carrying firearms and it was stated by a prominent lawyer that the right of granting permission to carry firearms lies within the jurisdiction of the Hustings Court. Only in rare cases, however, is such permission granted. Justice Crutchfield, in Police Court, who is known as the enemy of the man with a pistol, has no jurisdiction in the matter at all and impartially imposes the same punishment, $50 fine and thirty days' imprisonment, on all who are brought before him.
This custom of carrying revolvers is expected, under recent developments, to become universal again, as self-protection at night is necessary to the citizen and as long as the footpads hold sway he feels that he has some rights to his own life. This has led to the activity in the pistol market. In the regular gun stores there has been no appreciable difference in the sale of pistols, but the pawn shops are doing, a rushing business.
[The Times, Richmond, VA., April 01, 1902. Vol. 17. No. 45. Pg. 9]