Concealed carry laws are partly premised on the notion that armed citizens can deter would-be mass shooters. In reality, these laws have no effect on the incidence of mass shootings, and they are even linked to higher rates of gun homicides, according to a Florida State University professor.
If the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) becomes law, violence in New York City would climb to levels not seen since the 1990s, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. warned at a gun policy forum co-sponsored by The Crime Report and City Limits magazine Thursday.
If Bill 602 becomes law with state Senate approval, Louisiana will join nine other states—Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Oregon, Kansas, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Mississippi, and Texas—which allow visitors to bring guns to schools or college campuses. Nine more only allow concealed guns in parking lots and locked cars.
A recent Federal Appeals Court decision rejecting the District of Columbia’s efforts to restrict carrying handguns in public was based on a narrow view of precedents created by pro-slavery judges in the antebellum South, says Fordham University legal historian Saul Cornell.