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"Shall Issue": The New Wave of Concealed Handgun Permit Laws
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David Kopel

By Clayton E. Cramer & David B. Kopel

This paper appeared in Tennessee Law Review 62:3 [Spring, 1995] 679-757, with a very nice set of graphs, which do not appear in this version. In addition, the printed version has a number of very minor changes as well as different footnote numbering. More writings from the Kopel and Independence Institute on licensed handgun carrying.

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Executive Summary

About a third of the states have adopted laws requiring that citizens who pass a background check and a safety class must be granted a permit to carry a concealed firearm for protection, if they apply.

Critics of carry reform have predicted that blood will flow in the streets as hot-tempered citizens shoot each other in trivial disputes.

Analysis of murder rates in carry reform states shows that fears of reform opponents have been unfounded. Careful study of homicide trends in these states reveals that carry reform has not led to an increased homicide rate.

In Florida, for example, a murder rate that was 36% above the national average when carry reform went into effect in 1987, fell by 1991 to 4% below the national average.

The fact the permits are available does not mean that everyone will carry a gun. Usually only about 1% to 4% of a state's population will choose to obtain a permit.

Accordingly, states considering carry reform can enact such laws knowing that reform will not endanger public safety. Carry reform, at least sometimes, allows citizens to save their own lives by protecting themselves against criminal attack.

An additional reform, already on the books in California, allows domestic violence victims whom a court has determined to be in immediate danger, to carry a handgun for protection, without need to undergo a months-long application process for a permit.

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Isn't is interesting that reality and the Leftist Utopian concept of how the world works are completely different in outcome?

This is why Leftists are really physical adults, housing an adolescent brain, thinking on how things ought to be, versus how things really are.
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I think that leftists are really control freaks, and they want to disarm everyone so they can be more amenable to their control.
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