There are several concealed gun carry facts that most citizens may not know.
- When Illinois became the last state in 2013, to enact a concealed carry law, concealed carry handgun regulations became legal in all 50 U.S. states.
- Forty-two U.S. states have enacted “shall-issue” handgun laws where law enforcement does not have discretion when issuing concealed weapon permits. This is legal if people meet minimum requirements, including age, no recent mental institution commitments and no prior felony convictions. The eight remaining states have “may issue” requirements that require approval from local governments or police departments.
- Seven states permit concealed carry on university or public college campuses, while 21 states have banned concealed weapons on campuses and 22 have left the decision up to individual universities and colleges.
- The National Rifle Association gives President Barack Obama an “F” rating based on his record on guns. In 2009, President Obama signed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act, which included an amendment that banned carrying firearms in national parks.
Additional facts about concealed handguns include the following:
- Concealed handguns deter crime and states that implemented “shall-issue” laws have seen a reduction in murders by 8.5%, rapes by 5%, robberies by 3% and aggravated assaults by 7%. This information is provided by a 2000 analysis of FBI crime data.
- Responsible citizens have every right to concealed carry weapons and arm themselves against criminals that carry guns. Rather than being victims, law-abiding citizens can carry guns to help protect themselves. The “Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology” reports that if someone draws a concealed gun in self-defense, the criminal retreats at least 55.5% of the time.
- Most people that obtain their concealed weapon permits are law-abiding citizens that do not misuse their firearms. The “Christian Science Monitor” reports “the number of incidents in which concealed-gun carriers kill innocent people is a fraction of 1-percent of gun related homicides.”
- Carrying concealed handguns can help stop public shootings. The CATO Institute determined that concealed carry weapons helped save lives at a massacre at the New Life megachurch in December 2007. A volunteer security guard shot the attacker after he had opened fire on the congregation.
The bottom line is that most Americans believe in concealed carry. Techna Clip supports concealed carry rights and offers a wide variety of comfortable concealed carry gun belt clips. Some of their popular models include the Ruger LC9 belt clip and the Sig P238 belt clip.