Concealed-Carry Law Hasn't Changed Crime, Shootings Numbers

February 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:28 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A newspaper investigation turns up statistics

showing that allowing Missourians to carry concealed firearms has

had none of the effects that supporters hoped for -- or that

critics feared.

``The St. Louis Post-Dispatch'' reports today that the number of

unjustified or accidental shootings hasn't increased since people

were allowed to legally arm themselves. But the newspaper also

found that concealed carry has had no effect on crime rates.

Even the number of permits requested and issued hasn't reached

early estimates. The Missouri State Highway Patrol had expected

60-thousand applications in the first year but processed only

23-thousand background checks for permits in 2004 and 2005.

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