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August 25, 2014 - 9:07 am

Illinois was the 50th state to grant concealed handgun permits. The state only allowed them because a court ordered it to.
So far, here’s the news: Concealed carry permits have surged, and crime has dropped, according to the Washington Times.

Since Illinois started granting concealed carry permits this year, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year, according to police department statistics. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. In the first quarter, the city’s homicide rate was at a 56-year low.

“It isn’t any coincidence crime rates started to go down when concealed carry was permitted. Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect,” said Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. “The police department hasn’t changed a single tactic — they haven’t announced a shift in policy or of course — and yet you have these incredible numbers.”

As of July 29 the state had 83,183 applications for concealed carry and had issued 68,549 licenses. By the end of the year, Mr. Pearson estimates, 100,000 Illinois citizens will be packing. When Illinois began processing requests in January, gun training and shooting classes — which are required for the application — were filling up before the rifle association was able to schedule them, Mr. Pearson said.

More guns, less crime. There’s even a book about that.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.
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""Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect"

It gets even better once a few of them are persuaded to assume room temperature.

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Rahm will take credit for the decrease in crime and in the same breath say we need stronger gun controls.
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I DON'T BELIEVE IT!! The Chicago pols are cooking the books.
What the heck does "...the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent from last year..." mean? Doesn't that just suggest less effective cops? This is Chicago!
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The proggs say more guns will lead to more violence, and since all evidence to the contrary is raaaaacist, they must be right.
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"Just the idea that the criminals don’t know who’s armed and who isn’t has a deterrence effect"

Exactly. Repeat this 1,000X a day.
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These facts will be dismissed by the anti-gun Democrats.

They are hell-bent on disarming the citizenry.
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