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Seems so.

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https://www.foxnews.com/us/states-eye-concealed-carry-guns-without-permit

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States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit
Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous.

Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and lawmakers in nine others have proposed allowing or expanding the practice. GOP governors are backing the changes in Utah and Tennessee. Another bill expanding permitless carry in Montana has passed the state House.

Most states require people to do things like get weapons training and undergo a background check to get a permit to carry a gun hidden by a jacket or inside a purse. Groups like the National Rifle Association and state lawmakers who support gun rights argue those requirements are ineffective and undermine Second Amendment protections.

The proposed changes come after gun sales hit historic levels last summer - reflected in FBI background checks - amid uncertainty and safety concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, the struggling economy and protests over racial injustice. Since then, a violent mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Against that backdrop, the efforts to loosen concealed carry requirements are a frightening trend for Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.

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Study cited in article cited above, from the the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

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https://www.journalacs.org/article/S1072-7515(18)32074-X/fulltext

Original scientific article from the ACS scientific forum 2018| Volume 228, ISSUE 1, P1-8, January 01, 2019

State Level Firearm Concealed-Carry Legislation and Rates of Homicide and Other Violent Crime
Published:October 22, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2018.08.694

Background

Over the last 30 years, public opinion and state level legislation regarding the concealed-carry of firearms have shifted dramatically. Previous studies of potential effects have yielded mixed results, making policy recommendations difficult. We investigated whether liberalization of state level concealed-carry legislation was associated with a change in the rates of homicide or other violent crime.

Study Design

Data on violent crime and homicide rates were collected from the US Department of Justice Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over 30 years, from 1986 to 2015. State level concealed-carry legislation was evaluated each study year on a scale including "no carry," "may issue," "shall issue," and "unrestricted carry." Data were analyzed using general multiple linear regression models with the log event rate as the dependent variable, and an autoregressive correlation structure was assumed with generalized estimating equation (GEE) estimates for standard errors.

Results

During the study period, all states moved to adopt some form of concealed-carry legislation, with a trend toward less restrictive legislation. After adjusting for state and year, there was no significant association between shifts from restrictive to nonrestrictive carry legislation on violent crime and public health indicators. Adjusting further for poverty and unemployment did not significantly influence the results.

Conclusions

This study demonstrated no statistically significant association between the liberalization of state level firearm carry legislation over the last 30 years and the rates of homicides or other violent crime. Policy efforts aimed at injury prevention and the reduction of firearm-related violence should likely investigate other targets for potential intervention. (bold added)

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"Policy efforts aimed at injury prevention and the reduction of firearm-related violence should likely investigate other targets for potential intervention."

Vindication of the millennium.
 

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Against that backdrop, the efforts to loosen concealed carry requirements are a frightening trend for Shannon Watts, founder of the gun control group Moms Demand Action.
Poor Shannon. I wonder if Bloomberg's bought mouthpiece was this concerned about the harm caused by Monsanto's Roundup when she was doing PR for them? I think not.

 

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The only thing Shannon is afraid of is getting cut off from that sweet, sweet Bloomberg money.
 

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Since Covid-19 has created long delays in citizens even STARTING the weapons carry license application,
and thus Georgians who want to carry a handgun in public for defense are DENIED that right for months at a time, not "weeks" like it used to be,


this is a good reason to amend the law to eliminate the GWL permit requirement, and let anybody who self-certifies that they meet the qualifications for a carry license just go ahead and carry that gun.
 
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