Conceal & Carry

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Conceal and Carry Gun Control
Wisconsin and Illinois were the only two states that didn’t have any laws that allowed a person to legally carry a concealed weapon. On June 21, 2011, Wisconsin passed a Concealed Carry Law, “concealed carry is when a person is carrying a weapon, typically a firearm, on or in close proximity to their person” (www.concealcarry.org). It wasn’t easy to pass the bill with many opposing views, but it is easy to judge without knowing the facts. Conceal and Carry Gun Control keeps us safer than being unprotected, gives us the right to our freedom, and improves the knowledge of how to safely shoot and carry a weapon.

The law states that a person can carry a concealed weapon for his or her safety, but in order to do that legally you must first take a fire-arm safety course, are issued a CCW permit and pass an extensive background check. The background check does check for prior felonies and health commitments that may prevent a person from obtaining a conceal carry gun permit. This right also includes being able to carry in public areas, including public buildings and city halls, unless an establishment owner posts a sign that clearly states that concealed weapons are restricted.

There are very strong opinions on both sides of the argument; is the Conceal Carry Law going to be helpful or harmful? Many people believe that having the right to carry a conceal weapon is supportive. According to a 2000 study by John Lott, PhD, "shall-issue" laws have reduced homicides by 8.5%, aggravated assaults by 7%, and rapes by 5%, and robberies by 3%. They believe that criminals like unarmed victims, and that if a criminal thinks that a victim may have a weapon on them they may think twice about attacking. It also puts more control into the hands of the law-abiding citizens, instead of the criminals, who have the most of the control when carrying a weapon illegally. People can protect their families when in danger, because law enforcement is not always...
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