Six years after new rules made it much easier to get a license to carry concealed weapons, the number of Michiganders legally packing heat has increased more than six-fold.Must make the Brady Bunch insane.
But dire predictions about increased violence and bloodshed have largely gone unfulfilled, according to law enforcement officials and, to the extent they can be measured, crime statistics.
The incidence of violent crime in Michigan in the six years since the law went into effect has been, on average, below the rate of the previous six years. The overall incidence of death from firearms, including suicide and accidents, also has declined.
More than 155,000 Michiganders -- about one in every 65 -- are now authorized to carry loaded guns as they go about their everyday affairs, according to Michigan State Police records.A few quotes from the gun-fearing weenies like the Million Moms, but they can't get past the hard numbers.
About 25,000 people had CCW permits in Michigan before the law changed in 2001.
Don't know how I missed this last week (article is from the 6th), but thanks to Liberty Belles for finding it.