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GUN FREEDOM IN COLORADO

 
 
Reply Wed 5 Jan, 2011 07:51 pm

NOREEN:
Concealed-carry licenses haven't caused problems


January 05, 2011 7:05 AM
BARRY NOREEN
Colorado Springs THE GAZETTE



Since 2007, the number of concealed-carry licenses
in El Paso County has more than doubled,
but there has not been a corresponding jump in
gun violence by the license holders.

You can believe whatever you want, but at some
point it comes down to results, and nothing
suggests that life here has become more
dangerous because of concealed-carry licenses.

There are 16,772 citizens in El Paso County who
have licenses to carry a concealed handgun.

In 2010, just six people had their licenses revoked,
and Sheriff Terry Maketa said not a single license
holder was arrested in any violent case.

Depending upon which side of the gun rights
debate someone resides, Maketa’s numbers could
be used to buttress any position.

You know: One side would say the sheriff doesn’t
revoke many concealed-carry licenses because he
loves people who love guns. The other side would
say that as a class, those who apply for a
concealed-carry license are a law-abiding lot,
willing to undergo a background check, gun safety
course, fingerprinting and the $60 fee for a five-year license.

“They’re not out committing homicides,” Maketa said Tuesday.

Of the six licenses revoked last year, Maketa said,
five involved people who were drunk and one had
to do with “an individual who was committed for a
mental health evaluation.”

Most often, Maketa said, problems involve a
license holder who is drunk and has the gun in his car,
but has not fired it.

Typically, the sheriff said, a person’s license is
suspended when a criminal charge is filed and the
license may be revoked “pending the outcome of
the criminal case.”

Maketa said on Monday, a citizen appealed a
sheriff’s staff recommendation that his license be
revoked, and Maketa allowed the man to keep his license.
Although the man did not shoot at or threaten
anyone, Maketa said “he confronted some
teenagers alongside of his house” and soon found
himself talking to police.

“Is this guy a threat to the community? That’s
what it boils down to,” he said. The man kept his license.

When El Paso County’s number of concealed-carry
licenses jumped several years ago, some people
(including a certain columnist) worried that
increasing the number of guns in cars would lead
to more road rage and other violence.

It hasn’t happened.

Maketa said the number of licenses — including
many more for women — “has been climbing and
I tie that to the political climate at the national level.”

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