Right to carry

right to carryArizona is one of three states that allows concealed carry of a handgun without a CCW (carrying a concealed weapon) permit. Alaska and Vermont also have such laws.

Arizona is the only populated state with such laws – Phoenix, AZ is the most populated state capital and the sixth most populous city in the country.

Arizona is a shall-issue state – if you meet the legal requirements and apply for a CCW, one will be issued.  But, a CCW is not required of any legal resident that desires to carry.

Open carry is also allowed, and it is not uncommon to be shopping at Walmart or Home Depot and seeing a customer with a six-gun or a semi-auto strapped to their hip.

You might wonder, since AZ is a concealed carry state, with no permit required, why would one go through the expense and gun training class for a CCW?  The CCW’s are issued for reciprocity issues between states that honor other states CCW permits.

Compared to states with populated cities and strict gun control laws such as Michigan (Detroit), California (LA), New York, New Jersey (Camden, Jersey City, Newark) and Pennsylvania (Philly) Arizona ranks far below in gun-related homicides.

So I have to be amused when my progressive friends state that they were in Maryland and saw a person openly carrying, and never felt less safe.  What a crock of shit.  Maryland is a state where one must obtain a permit for open or concealed carry, and Maryland is not a shall-issue state. Your right to carry depends on the mood of the person signing the paperwork.

From the latest statistics I have been able to locate, you are twice as likely to be a victim of an accident as a pedestrian than you are to suffer from a fatal gun-related accident. Yet my liberal friends have no fear of crossing heavily congested streets in cities where hit and runs are rarely solved.

As intelligent as these friends seem to like to think of themselves, their fears are mainly baseless, founded more on superstitious phobias than on any reasoned analysis.

in fact, according to the Department of Justice, roughly 16,272 murders were committed in the United States during 2008. Of these, about 10,886 or 67% were committed with firearms. of serious crimes, also according to the Department of Justice, 5,340,000 violent crimes were committed in the United States during 2008 (the latest year I could find stats). Of these, about 436,000 or 8% were committed by offenders visibly armed with a gun. While all of these figures are way too high, and we need to enforce existing laws and seek to reduce all crimes significantly, compare these numbers with the 989,883 times (year 2000 stats) that armed civilians used firearms to defend themselves or others from violent crime.

Based on these few numbers, not to throw statistics around too loosely, because there are many variables and numerous factors to consider when analyzing crime of any sort, and as a wise man once said, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics…”, but it appears to me that an intelligent person would feel twice as safe in the company of a law-abiding citizen openly carrying a side arm than otherwise.

Just sayin’…


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