Every time a law is passed that allows more carry, these groups go into PSH over how it will cause blood baths, people shooting each other in streets/parking lots/whatever. You know, you've heard it all before. And you know it never happens.
The latest example is that the state of Virginia enacted a law a year ago which allows concealed carry license holders to carry in a bar, or the bar portion of a restaurant. In the first year, gun crime in bars went down 5.2%.
David Rittgers, an attorney and decorated former Army special forces officer who is now a legal policy analyst at the libertarian Cato Institute, said the growing number of states that are adopting concealed-carry measures like Virginia's have seen no appreciable rise — and in some cases a decline — in violent crime.And that is downright generous with the statistics.
"The worst that you can say about these laws is that they are statistically value neutral" in terms of impacting the crime rate, Rittgers said.