LAWRENCE ISN’T a violent felon or a stickup artist with a lengthy rap sheet. He’s not a drug dealer holding down the corner with a Glock tucked in his waistband, or a straw purchaser selling guns to street thugs.
He’s a Philadelphia church pastor and a robbery victim who routinely carries large sums of money and drives a nice car. So he applied for a gun permit last year for his personal protection.
“It’s not that I’m thinking God does not walk with me when I go places,” Lawrence said. “But anything could happen. We’re living in some bad times.”