Tuesday, June 28, 2011

10 Years of Michigan Being Shall- Issue and No Wild West

Nor even a wild Midwest.

The Detroit Free Press: Concealed gun permits increase across Michigan

Ten years ago this week, Michigan became a "shall-issue" state, making it easier for residents to obtain concealed licenses if they're at least 21 and meet certain requirements.

State Police records show in the first year, 53,000 permits were approved. Today, there are more than 270,000 permit holders.

That's double the amount five years ago.
So much for the detractors of the law, the Detroit Free Press among them, that loudly proclaimed the move to shall issue would result in "blood in the streets" and turn Michgian into the Wild West.

It hasn't happend and if anything crime has declined while permit holders (Michigunners) have been statistically far more law abiding than the average Michigander.

1 comment:

Scott said...

You know, I have been reading with great interest the battle between Mayor Bing and Detroit City Council over the city budget, and the insistence by Council on larger cuts than the Mayor was willing to make. (Of course, the impact will be felt in police and fire first. Of course)

It will be interesting to see the statistics over the next few years in Wayne County as they relate to CPL's issued, and also defensive use of firearms, as the cuts in DPD start to impact police presence in the city.