Comment by Jim Campbell
June 24th, 2020
The author, Chris Dorsey, didn’t take a look at the State of CA which has a completely different take on the topic.
In CA to obtain a CCW one must prove the need, the application goes before a review board, and they shall determine if a permit will be issued.
California is a “Shall Issue,” State, meaning they shall issue a permit if they desire to do so.
We have to pay for them to call a hotline to determine if we have the right to buy ammunition.
I cover sporting travel, recreational real estate and premium outdoor products.
Nearly 20 million Americans are packing when they travel out of the house…and that total is growing
Survival expert and consultant Alan Kay advises gun buyers–especially first time owners–to seek.
When it comes to uncertain times, Americans turn to guns…in droves.
According to FBI reports, the agency conducted background checks on nearly four million people looking to buy guns in the month of March alone, a figure more than one million higher than the previous March.
“People are turning on the news and looking at what’s happening in their neighborhoods and they can’t help but be concerned,” says Dan Predovich, a Denver-based former cop turned firearms instructor.
“People instinctively know that the police are minutes away when seconds count and they want to be able to protect themselves and their families should the need arise.”
For security and survival consultant Alan Kay, the situation for many Americans has become dire.
“The systems that we count on for protection have become unreliable,” he says. “People are scared and rightly so…and they’re arming themselves at historic levels.”
Predovich and other firearms trainers have seen a surge in interest in what are called conceal-carry classes, instruction necessary to obtain a permit to legally carry a concealed firearm.
The majority of states now have some form of conceal-carry on the books, though exactly what is legally allowed varies by jurisdiction. While some states honor out-of-state permits, others do not.
For master firearms instructor and former cop, Dan Predovich, the police are often minutes away when.
For Kay, getting firearms training is vital.
“Carrying a paintbrush does not make you an artist,” he says.
“Without proper training, a firearm may be more of a liability than an asset.
Personal security is a system, firearms are just part of that system.
Expert instruction is key to building your security strategy whether at home, work or traveling.”
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, there were more than 2.5 million new gun owners in the first half of 2020, an unprecedented surge.
That’s on top of what is already the most heavily armed nation in the world. According to a report by the Small Arms Survey, there are nearly 400 million guns in private ownership in the United States, nearly half of the global total.
“We’ve seen record sales since the pandemic hit,” says Cody Osborn of Walther Firearms, the company famous for producing the handguns preferred by Ian Fleming’s James Bond character.
“Couple that with recent civil unrest across the country and people want to ensure their own safety. Go to almost any range in America right now and it’ll be busy.”
There are roughly 150 million gun owners in America and, according to Gallup, 42 percent of American households reported owning firearms.
To put that in perspective, that’s roughly 75 times the size of the Chinese Army, the largest standing force in the world.
“Guns are here to stay and they’re part of our culture and constitution,” says Colorado’s Elbert County Under-sheriff Dave Fisher.
“The question for law enforcement is how do we support law-abiding citizens while working to keep guns out of the hands of criminals who, by definition, don’t obey laws anyway.”
Like many sheriff’s offices across the country, Fisher’s department has seen an increase in demand for conceal-carry permits over the last year.
According to Gun Facts, 42 states are either “right-to-carry”—where anyone without a criminal record will be issued a permit after receiving training—or require no permit at all.
Colorado Elbert County Undersheriff, Dave Fisher, says his county is one of the few in the state … [+] Courtesy of Dave Fisher
Notably, states that have conceal-carry provisions have seen a decline in violent crime whereas states that do not allow conceal-carry to have crime rates 11 percent higher than the national averages according to Gun Facts.
After passing their conceal-carry law, Florida’s homicide rate fell from 36 percent above the national average to four percent below.
Likewise, Texas saw their murder rates fall 50 percent faster than the national average after their conceal-carry law passed.
With the prospect of more civil unrest and the uncertainty of the upcoming elections, most experts predict that Americans won’t be giving up their desire for more firearms any time soon.