This week, we will take a look at the state that actually declared the Colt Single Action Army to be their state firearm – Arizona:
Since first starting their Concealed Weapon Permit program on 08SEP94, Arizona has issued 330,776 permits that are still active, while only 4,189 have been suspended and 1,209 have been revoked.
In other words, over the course of the past almost-24 years, Arizona’s CWP has only had a “failure rate” of 0.366%.
To put things in perspective, in 2016 Arizona had a total felonious crime rate of approximately 3,819.5 per 1000,000 residents.
Given that Arizona’s felonious crime rate peaked at about 5,174.9 per 100,000 in 1991, it is quite acceptable to state that the average Concealed Weapons Permit holder is at least 10 times less likely to break a serious law than non-permit-holders.
I keep trying to find new ways to re-word these posts – beyond the obvious state and statistics changes – because Google hates repetitive content. But I honestly can find only so many ways to say, “The average concealed carry permit holder is significantly more law-abiding than average non-permit-holders.” And this only makes sense – concealed carry permit holders are background-checked when they get their permits – indicating a lack of criminal history – and know that any minor slip-up will cost them their permits. But people still treat these statistically-more-responsible as social outcasts, even “safety risks”.
I suppose this just goes to show that “gun control” is not based on facts, but rather hysteria.