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
``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.