How do you reduce gun crime? Maybe let more people carry guns

When even anti-gun activists believe that the debate over private gun ownership is closed; when it is too late to reduce the number of guns in private hands—and since only the naive think that legislation will prevent more than a modest number of the criminally minded, and the mentally deranged, from acquiring a gun in a country absolutely inundated with weapons—could it be that an effective way to combat guns is with more guns?

Today, more than 8 million vetted and (depending on the state) trained law-abiding citizens possess state-issued “concealed carry” handgun permits, which allow them to carry a concealed handgun or other weapon in public. Anti-gun activists believe the expansion of concealed-carry permits represents a serious threat to public order. But what if, in fact, the reverse is true? Mightn’t allowing more law-abiding private citizens to carry concealed weapons—when combined with other forms of stringent gun regulation—actually reduce gun violence?

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • banjo kid

    It is a proven fact that gun ownership reduces crime . felons are excluded from owning fire arms and I know a few that can not legally hunt . When we at first deceive we deceive ourselves because actions have consequences. Driving on our streets is not a right because you have to be tested, it is a responsibility and with it comes the responsibility to be insured . Same with gun ownership if you break the law you can lose your right to even have a gun. The only reason I am happy to live in Ohio is they have passed legislation that actually protects the owner of a gun. Oops I forgot to mention we have a state now run by republicans, another reason to live here.

  • WOOF

    What were once criminal actions are now legal.
    Stand your ground.