Crime rate plunges in Chicago as concealed carry applications surge

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Surprise, surprise! Since Illinois began issuing concealed carry permits last year, the crime numbers in Chicago have plunged steeply.

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. …

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.

Actually, this shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. In every single case, when the number of gun-toting law-abiding citizens was allowed to increase because of an easing in gun restrictions, the number of crimes has dropped.



  • geoffc

    The answer is “Racist”. I do not know how, but clearly you must be a racist to post this. After all, we cannot imagine that bad people do bad things, regardless of laws against bad things. Racist!

  • Matt Ponas

    My Wife and I both have a CC permit. I carry a Springfield .45ACP XDs (yes I know about the recall), and my Wife carries a Glock 17 in her purse…

  • Darwin Teague

    The big problems in Chicago are gangs and drugs. Concealed carry may not cut the murder rate much, but it certainly will help with other types of crime.

    Works every time it’s tried.

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