If history is to be any guide, no matter what the resolution to the gun control debate is, it is probable that the arguments pro and con will be much the same as they always have been.
Endnotes What would happen if adults who passed a background check and safety test qualified for a permit to carry a concealed handgun? About a third of all states have adopted laws or practices so that persons who are legally allowed to possess a handgun in their own home are eligible for a license to carry a concealed handgun for protection.
The laws require that eligible persons must, after passing a background check and sometimes a firearms safety class be granted the permit if they apply. If the application is rejected, the burden of proof is on the non-issuing sheriff, police chief, or judge, to show that an applicant is unqualified or a danger to public safety.
This Issue Paper examines how these laws have been written to satisfy concerns about public safety. The Paper also investigates the concern that more permits will lead to more needless killings. After analysis of all available data, this Paper finds that concealed carry laws can be enacted by states with little fear that such laws will compromise public safety, and in some cases, such laws may enhance public safety.
A Short History of Concealed Handgun Permits Laws prohibiting concealed carrying of handguns without a permit are, in most of the United States, relatively recent.
While some statutes from before the Civil War did address concealed carrying, they did so by outlawing it entirely, rather than by setting up a system whereby concealed carrying would be lawful only with a permit. These antebellum statutes usually had no exemptions for sheriffs or other peace officers, even when on duty.
Recognizing that there were circumstances when at least some civilians would have a legitimate need for concealed carry of a handgun, most states adopted provisions allowing a sheriff, police chief or judge to issue concealed handgun permits.
Significantly, such statutes were broadly discretionary; while the law might specify certain minimum standards for obtaining a permit, the decision whether a permit should be issued was not regulated by express statutory standards.
Some states had already enacted their own statutes. Persons denied permits are often people whom a reasonable use of discretion would find to be most qualified for permits.
Conversely, persons granted permits are often politically influential, rather than really in need.
In Denver, Police Chief Ari Zavaras slashed the number of carry permits, granting only 45 permits in a city of half a million.
When Berg began receiving death threats from white supremacists, he went to a local police department to ask for a handgun carry permit. The police chief attempted to talk him out of applying, and finally rejected his application.
Shortly thereafter, Berg was assassinated by members of Aryan Nations. In Los Angeles County, a female private detective was disqualified from obtaining a permit because of her gender. In a city of over three million people, from untilnot one person was found by the Los Angeles Police Department to "need" a handgun permit.
The Los Angeles policy changed, however, on June 28, As a result, Mr. Williams could not legally qualify to be a police officer in Los Angeles although he could retain the appointed position of police chief.
On June 28,Mr.
Williams was issued a concealed carry permit, the first civilian since to be so honored. Three of those permits went to government employees, and two to private attorneys. On the basis of the absence of a "compelling" need, a permit was denied to a jeweler who routinely carried large amounts of jewelry and valuables, who had been burgled, who had received police-documented death threats from a criminal he had helped a deputy apprehend, and who had passed a defensive handgun class.
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The problem of the laws proposed by the various "gun control" groups, however, is the that very persons who have no compunction about violating substantive laws (such as the law against murder) will also have no compunction about violating lesser laws (such as a ban on carrying guns).
The last major piece of gun control legislation to make it into law was the assault weapons ban, which passed in as part of a larger crime-related bill approved by . THE IDEOLOGY OF GUN OWNERSHIP AND GUN CONTROL IN THE UNITED STATES. the fact that current American gun laws recognize the right of individuals to use force for protection is consistent with the pervasive theme of American legal culture of leaving extensive power in the hands of the people, and of distrusting the state to administer justice.
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Another recent article in The Washington Post, headlined “Gun rights are about keeping white men on top,” even tried to connect American gun culture and support for gun rights to racism.