Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - THE ARMORY - BY CCH STAFF

When we think of self-de­fense, nor­mally guns, ammo and other re­lated hard­ware are the things that in­stantly come to mind. But un­less we arm our­selves with the ap­pro­pri­ate facts and fig­ures, we will lose the gun con­trol de­bate and ul­ti­mately our right to bear arms. There’s lots of mis­in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­net, so what you need is an ex­pert source.

Right to Carry, a new book by Alan Got­tlieb and Dave Workman of the Sec­ond Amend­ment Foun­da­tion, gives you that ex­pert source. It sorts through the anti-gun ar­gu­ments, mis­in­for­ma­tion and pro­pa­ganda to present a clear picture of our Sec­ond Amend­ment and the ef­forts to de­mol­ish it. The book cov­ers such top­ics as con­cealed and open carry, Con­sti­tu­tional (per­mit­less) Carry, gun-free zones and stand-your­ground statutes.

Ac­cord­ing to their research, 11- to 12 mil­lion-plus U.S. cit­i­zens are li­censed to carry firearms. Their right to do so was reaf­firmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2008 Heller de­ci­sion that the Sec­ond Amend­ment was an in­di­vid­ual right, not merely a right of the states to form mili­tias. And it’s big busi­ness, too. As of 2014, the eco­nomic im­pact of the firearms in­dus­try was a re­ported $42.9 bil­lion.

And as the two writ­ers point out, “The right to bear arms, by any ra­tio­nal def­i­ni­tion, trans­lates to be­ing able to carry arms for all kinds of rea­sons, es­pe­cially per­sonal pro­tec­tion.” That’s im­por­tant be­cause you’re much more likely to have to de­fend your­self when you are away from home.

Got­tlieb and Workman point out, how­ever, that with the right comes re­spon­si­bil­ity to carry safely and wisely. “No civil right is un­lim­ited. ‘Shall not be in­fringed’ does not mean peo­ple can be care­less or neg­li­gent with firearms and get a pass.”

There con­tin­ues to be places you cannot carry. Fed­eral build­ings—post of­fices, court­houses, military bases— are off lim­its. From there var­i­ous state and some­times local laws place fur­ther re­stric­tions.

“It is in­cum­bent upon the in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zen to do a bit of research be­fore mak­ing a fool­ish mis­take that could cost some­one his/her carry per­mit or li­cense, and even re­sult in a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion,” Got­tlieb and Workman write.

Aside from a re­duc­tion in crime and an eco­nomic ben­e­fit, in­creas­ing gun sales have ben­e­fited wildlife through the Pittman-Robert­son Fed­eral Aid to Wildlife Restora­tion pro­gram. That pro­gram, started in the 1930s, put a fed­eral ex­cise tax on the sales of firearms and am­mu­ni­tion. Got­tlieb and Workman cite the most re­cent stats that show “…for Fis­cal Year 2015, Pittman-Robert­son pro­vided $808,492,189 that was di­vided among the states.”

The bot­tom line is that peo­ple who wish to ex­er­cise their Sec­ond Amend­ment rights aren’t dan­ger­ous peo­ple look­ing for trou­ble. Got­tlieb and Workman sum this up very well when they say, “Peo­ple who carry al­ways or fre­quently in­sist they are not ea­ger to use a firearm in self-de­fense, but they are even less oblig­ing to the idea of be­ing a vic­tim.”

This new book takes a com­mon sense ap­proach to a com­plex is­sue.

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