Legalizing Concealed Weapons May Deter Crime Essay

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Legalizing Concealed Weapons May Deter Crime

A concealed weapon is a firearm hidden on a person. Thomas Jefferson once wrote that "laws that forbid the carrying of arms... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man"(Lee 147). "In Florida, 315,000 permits had been issued to citizens for concealed weapons by December 31, 1995. Only five have been revoked because the permit holder committed a violent crime with a gun" ( Kopel 129).

Many crimes could have been avoided if you could carry a
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"They estimate that each year in the United States there are about 2.2 to 2.5 million defensive gun uses by civilians" (Kleck 112).

Some common arguments are that it is more dangerous to have a gun in the house than to go unarmed. They say that if you confront an armed bugler in your house you are more likely to be harmed if you show force than if you don't. Another argument is that gun makers should know that their products might be used in a crime and should be liable if they are used to hurt someone. Anything can be wrongfully used. Cars, guns, hammers, ice picks, computers the list just keeps going. Only the person using the tool is responsible for how it's used.

Excessive gun control has an opposite effect on crime rates. Data from Dr. Gary Kleck, a Florida State University Criminologist, suggests that total ban on handgun possession increases crime rates. Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, passed a city gun ordinance in 1982 that requires heads of households (with certain exceptions) to keep at least one firearm in their homes. During the law's first years, crimes against people, including homicide, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and residential burglary, plummeted 74 percent compared to 1981, then dropped another 45 percent in 1983 compared to 1982.

Some of Colorado's handgun laws state that it is unlawful for any person under 18 to possess a handgun, and it is unlawful to provide or permit a juvenile to posses a handgun.