Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate

Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois last year.

The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest number of homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and 55 fewer than this time in 2012, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Gun-rights advocates argue that concealed carry laws can reduce crime and keep the population safer. The state began accepting applications for permits in January.

“The facts are every time guns have been allowed, concealed-carry has been allowed, the crime rate has gone down,” said Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, just months before Illinois passed the concealed carry law in July 2013.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Newton Rules says:

    This is one heck of an exaggeration. The facts are that the crime rate in Chicago has been on a continual decline since 1993. From 1993 to 2010, Chicago’s annual total dropped by 47 percent, and from 2010 to 2013, it dropped 56 percent, or nearly 19 percent per year, according to data from the Chicago Police Department.The fact that the crime rate continued to decline in 2013 can in no way be honestly credited to the conceal & carry law. The C&C law wasn’t signed into law until July 9,2013, therefore any monthly comparisons until July are impossible. This column is fractured facts, it contains 1% truth and 99% horse apples.

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