According to information from the city’s police department, New Yorkers’ applications for permits to buy guns tripled during the first half of 2020.

The most requested weapons are rifles, whose permit applications were up 340 percent more than in the first half of 2019. Handheld weapon permit applications were up 149 percent more in the same period, according to research published by the Daily Caller on Aug. 10.

The number of people who applied for handguns increased significantly, from 1,571 in the first half of 2019 to 2,338 in the same period this year.

According to testimonies, the violent demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd, an African-American who died on May 25 in the custody of Minneapolis, Minnesota, police substantially deteriorated security in the city.

“NYPD is losing the city of New York and we have no leadership in the city of New York right now, from City Hall to the brass of the NYPD,” a police union chief told host Laura Ingraham, according to Fox News.

New York City’s Benevolent Sergeants Association President Ed Mullins described the situation by saying, “We have a city that is being destroyed. The public who live there fears for their own lives,” which would increase the population’s demand for weapons.

According to NYPD crime statistics, shootings have escalated from over 64 percent in May to over 130 percent in June and up to 177 percent in July compared to last year. Murders have also significantly increased, compared to the same period.

Both New York City and New York State are governed by Democrats and have one of the strictest regulations in the United States for granting permits for the purchase and use of guns.

In addition to waiting 8-10 months for a permit to be issued for a rifle or shotgun, applicants must complete a 13-page form and pay $231 to complete other requirements.

Also required are four photographs of the applicant in color, a utility or rental bill, a birth certificate, two letters of reference, and fingerprints.