Thursday, June 28, 2012

Is the Carrier Safer in a "Concealed Carry" state?

It looks like it. And so's almost everyone else.

In 1987, my home state of Florida enacted a “shall issue” law that has become the model for other states. Anti-gun groups, politicians and the news media predicted the new law would lead to vigilante justice and “Wild West” shootouts on every corner.

But since adopting a concealed carry law Florida’s total violent crime rate has dropped 32% and its homicide rate has dropped 58%. Floridians, except for criminals, are safer due to this law. And Florida is not alone. Texas’ violent crime rate has dropped 20% and homicide rate has dropped 31%, since enactment of its 1996 carry law.

Meanwhile, here in California I can't take my penknife - the one with the 1¼" blade - into the local courthouse.