RedAlertPolitics\By Anthony Hennen
Opposition to concealed handguns on college campuses is strong, but evidence that permit holders commit gun-related crimes on campus is tenuous.
For instance, the Violence Policy Center has http://concealedcarrykillers.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ccwmassshootings.pdf tracked mass shootings committed by those with a conceal-and-carry permit since 2007 and found that permit holders have committed 29 of them.
None of them have occurred on a school campus.
The FBI defines a mass killing as four or more victims, according to presentation by http://www.gannett-cdn.com/GDContent/mass-killings/index.html#frequency published in USA Today. From 2000-2014, 133 mass shootings http://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-leads-world-in-mass-shootings-1443905359?mg=id-wsj have occurred in the United States. FBI data relies on voluntary reports from law-enforcement agencies, however, and a USA Today investigation found the FBI data accuracy rate to be 57 percent http://www.gannett-cdn.com/GDContent/mass-killings/index.html#frequency, so statistics surrounding mass shootings aren’t always comprehensive.
One thing is certain: if anything, conceal-and-carry permit holders respect the law more than the general population.
Part of the reason is that “federal law has required that any purchaser involved in a commercial firearms transaction must subject himself to a background check,” since the Brady Act took effect in 1993, as Charles C.W. Cooke noted http://www.nationalreview.com/article/419400/deadly-consequences-draconian-gun-laws-charles-c-w-cooke.
Indeed, except for Vermont, felons cannot legally purchase a weaponhttp://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/ssprfs05.pdf to varying degrees in 49 states, which precludes them from receiving a concealed handgun permit. In effect, when someone can legally purchase a gun, it’s a sign that their criminal record is non-existent or nominal.
Total https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/RSD/CHL/Reports/ConvictionRatesReport2013.pdf conviction rates in Texas for permit holders who committed a crime in 2013, for example, stood at .31 percent. That covers all crime, not gun-specific crimes. Those who obtain a conceal-and-carry permit, as a whole, commit less crime than the general population.
No federal law exists that regulates the issuance of permits and licenses for a concealed handgun. Thirty-seven states grant permits on a “shall issue” basis, which means that the applicant usually has to pass a background check, but will receive the permit unless the state finds a compelling reason against approval. No permit is required in Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont. Connecticut has more discretion than shall-issue states, but works under a “reasonable issue” model, according to http://crimeresearch.org/2015/07/new-study-over-12-8-concealed-handgun-permits-last-year-saw-by-far-the-largest-increase-ever-in-the-number-of-permits/the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.
Background checks don’t ensure https://reason.com/blog/2015/10/04/the-new-york-times-explains-why-neitherthat someone will not commit a crime and use a gun. They’re only a part of a process designed to guard individual rights while protecting public safety.
In total, almost 13 million Americans have a permit for legally carrying a concealed weapon, roughly 5 percent of the total adult population, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Those who speak about their concerns over conceal-and-carry permit holders on campus http://redalertpolitics.com/2015/10/05/ut-chancellor-removing-gun-free-zones-will-inhibit-freedom-speech/lack any evidence to corroborate the fear.