By Rob Morse : Research
USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Thirty states issue concealed carry permits to the law abiding citizens who ask for them.
Two third of us live in those “shall-issue” states where we were issued 14 million permits to carry a firearm in public.
We paid to exercise that “human right.”
The state mandated fees and training requirements vary widely from state to state. The states that imposed more hours of training also imposed high fees. Ordinary citizens responded to those costs in predictable ways.
Millions of us were discouraged from legal concealed carry due to the costs and restrictions.
Politicians impose all kinds of requirements before citizens receive permission to carry a concealed firearm in public. The common excuse is public safety, and there is always another infringement that can be rationalized to make us safer. There is no evidence that these infringements actually reduce crime. Those of us with our permits today paid over 4 billion dollars and spent over 65 million hours in class to receive our carry licenses. We did this to exercise the human right to keep and bear arms. The burdensome fees and training requirements disarmed approximately 11 million US citizens.
More than twice as many of us would carry concealed if unrestricted carry, (also called constitutional carry) were the law of the land.
Those costs are not spread evenly. Gun control disproportionately disarms the poor. Poor people, particularly those who live in our inner city, face a greater risk of crime and violence. They are significantly more likely to be victims of violent crime than the average US citizen.
Disarming those of us who are at the greatest risk of crime puts more of us in danger and costs lives.
The original detailed reports are here:
- Part one- state imposed costs to obtain a permit
- Part two- the effect of monetary fees on the rate of concealed carry
- Part three- the effect of mandated training on the rate of concealed carry
- Part four- deregulating concealed carry and the true cost of infringement
About Rob Morse
The original article is here. Rob Morse writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.