Gun laws criminals love to ignore

July 29, 2010 by  

Restrictive gun laws imply we’re more worried about lawful citizens carrying guns than criminals.   After all – who actually obeys these laws?

– that’s why the Arizona Legislature restored “constitutional carry” rights and passed several other pro-2nd amendment bills this session including SB 1108, eliminating the government-required CCW permit to carry a weapon openly in Arizona (where legal to do so, of course).

Some argued removing the training and CCW permit requirement to openly carry would result in anarchy and mayhem but check out these fact sheets.   They do one thing very well, though – they deter lawful citizens from carrying a weapon and defending themselves, which increases crime.

Indeed, Arizonas CCW laws since 1994 demonstrated similar results.  The training requirement to carry concealed discouraged law-abiding citizens from arming themselves at all and the numbers dropped significantly over the years until the hours and other regulations were reduced.  Consequently, the numbers of permits began to rise again – with no noticeable increase in permit-holder misuse!

Furthermore,  Arizona already has reciprocity with 12 states that issue CCW permits with NO TRAINING REQUIREMENT.  Two of those, Indiana and Pennsylvania, have issued close to 1,000,000
permits combined (source: legallyarmed.com), over 6 times more permits than Arizona has issued.  And there is no indication that the misuse rate among permit holders without training is significantly different than those who are trained.

Did we do away with the CCW permit in Arizona?

No.  On the contrary – – there are situations that provide strong incentives for Arizonans to obtain and keep a current CCW permit without a government permission slip.  For example – a CCW permit is required if you wish to carry a concealed weapon into a restaurant that serves alcohol.

View the facts about guns and crime at GunFacts  (from the AzCDL website)

In April my girlfriend and I enrolled in the 14 hour Concealed Carry Weapons training course at Caswell’s in Mesa.   Watch out – it turns out I’m not a bad shot and passed the test quite easily, but more importantly – it gave me a new appreciation for the mindset people have who bite the bullet and carry a firearm in self-defense.

It convinced me that a two day CCW course does not prepare anyone enough to use a weapon effectively when they need it.  Regular practice is a necessity.

Thank God there are lots of law-abiding citizens who do carry…and practice.   More of them in Arizona will  keep criminals guessing who’s really armed and dangerous!

Click to view my 2010 voting record on 2nd amendment legislation passed this session.

Learn more at the Second Amendment Foundation online.

19  good reasons to be ready to defend yourself:

01.  Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.

02.  A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

03.  An armed man is a citizen.  An unarmed man is a subject.

04.  Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

05.  Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

06.  Those who trade liberty for security have neither.

07.  The United States Constitution (c)1791.  All Rights Reserved.

08.  What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand?

09.  Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.

10.  Know guns, know peace, know safety.  No guns, no peace, no safety.

11.  You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

12.  911:  Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.

13.  If you don’t know your rights, you don’t have any.

14.  If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.

15.  Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

16.  You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.

17.  Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don’t make more.

18.  When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

19.  Colt:  The original point and click interface.

“Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

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