Michigan hits 270,000 concealed handgun permits

The Flint Journal has this story on the 10 year anniversary of concealed handgun in Michigan.
The number of permits to carry concealed weapons have exploded across mid-Michigan in the 10 years since Michigan opened the flood gates to allow just about anyone to have one.
Like other areas statewide, the most rural places are packing at the highest rates — while more populous urban areas trail with lower numbers of CCWs per capita.
But everywhere, demand is up.
Way up. Many communities locally report the number of permit holders have nearly doubled in just the last five years.
Genesee County had approved 7,100 CCW permits by July 2006, the earliest year the records were available. Now, there are 14,000 — even though the county has lost about 10,000 people in the last decade.
During the same period, Bay County has gone from 1,700 permits to more than 3,000 and Saginaw County from 2,700 to 5,000.
Statewide, one in 26 eligible-age adults has a license to carry. There are more than 270,000 permit holders, double the amount five years ago. . . .



Blogger Chas said...

Sometimes people vote with their feet; sometimes they vote with their pistol licenses. The voting isn't going so well for either confidence in the government's ability to protect people or for support for gun control.
I suppose that the anti's will say that people have tremendous confidence in the government's ability to protect them, but they're getting guns anyway, so they shouldn't get guns, because it doesn't make sense for people to get guns when they have so much confidence in the government, so they should just stop getting guns, or be forced to stop getting guns by the government in which they have so much confidence.
They'll also likely say that people really do support gun control, just not for themselves, so we have to disarm everyone, so people can support gun control, for everyone including themselves, which doesn't even begin to address the issue of deadly baseball bats, and tire irons, and nine irons, and other things that go bump in the night with fatal consequences, and as such are a good reason to support gun control for everyone else, but not one's self.
The bottom line is that freedom works, while gun control does not, and people know that, and they are voting for freedom with their pistol licenses, despite decades of gun control propaganda telling them to vote against their own freedom. The other side has made their case, for a very long time, with much support from the media, academia and government, and they have been voted down, in a real world “public opinion poll on gun control” that actually matters.

6/28/2011 3:33 PM  

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