Report: Chicago's Neighborhood With Most Gun Carry Permits is 55% Black, 34% Hispanic

Top 5 neighborhoods represent a demographic mix

Protest in favor of gun carry / AP
July 23, 2015

The neighborhood with the largest concentration of gun carry permits in Chicago, Illinois is populated mostly by blacks and hispanics, a Chicago Sun-Times report reveals.

'Chicago’s highest concentration of permits is in the 60617 ZIP code—in the East Side neighborhood on the city’s Southeast Side—with 538 permits," the report said. 'According to the census, about 55 percent of the residents in 60617 are black, 34 percent are Hispanic and 7 percent white."

The top five Chicago neighborhoods for gun carry permits were a mix between affluent, safer areas and poorer, more dangerous areas, the paper found.

'The top five ZIP codes for concealed-carry permits in Chicago include upper middle-class, safe and predominately white neighborhoods on the Southwest and Northwest Sides—but they also include high-crime, minority neighborhoods on the South and Southeast Sides," the Sun-Times report said.

The findings are in line with what Otis McDonald, who successfully sued to have the city's gun ban removed in 2010, said he wanted.

'This is what Otis McDonald was telling us before he passed away," National Rifle Association lobbyist Todd Vandermyde told the Sun-Times. 'People in his neighborhood and others were hungry for this but were denied by the political class."

'He was saying, ‘The gangs have their guns; we want ours, too.’ "