SC-Happy Birthday Right-to-Carry


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Rick Daniel
August 22, 2006, 01:59 PM
Tomorrow (August 23rd) marks the tenth Anniversary of right-to-carry in South Carolina. A mere decade ago we became the 31st state to enact a shall-issue concealed weapons permit law. Under the “Law Abiding Citizens Self-Defense Act,” honest citizens were finally given the sensible option of more easily carrying firearms for self-defense.

“Over the last decade the fear mongerers and handwringers have been proven wrong,” said Rick Daniel, legislative director for Gun Owners of South Carolina. “Their dire predictions of doom and disaster simply did not come to pass. The indisputable truth is, right-to-carry works and it has made our state much safer,” Daniel said.

In the years since the laws passage, South Carolina has experienced a consistent year-to-year trend of lower violent crime rates. Across the country allowing good citizens to arm themselves in public has always proven to be a significant crime deterrent.

Data assembled by Liberal researcher Dr. John Lott of the University of Chicago supports this assertion. Lott’s compiled data conclusively proves that states with shall-issue concealed carry laws (like South Carolina) experience significant reductions in violent crime over the years immediately following the law’s enactment.

“Criminals and thugs are by nature cowards who prey on the weak and defenseless. An armed citizen is not an easy victim,” Daniel said. “As more law-abiding citizens take the reasonable step to arm themselves, we’ll see the violent crime rate drop even further.”

Since the current law took effect in 1996, well over 50,000 concealed weapons permits have been issued. There have been no reports of serious firearms related violations involving permit holders. And the number of permits revoked is statistically insignificant with the majority being recalled for administrative reasons such as a permit holder moving out of state or simply failing to renew.

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CZ-100
August 22, 2006, 07:35 PM
Now it would be nice if they (SC) would honer more states permits. Like FL.

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