New concealed carry law credited with steep drop in Chicago murder rate

New concealed carry law credited with steep drop in Chicago murder rate

Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter  of the  year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun  advocates  are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois  last year.

The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest  number of  homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and  55 fewer  than this time in 2012, The Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Gun-rights advocates argue that concealed carry laws can reduce crime and keep the population safer. The state began accepting applications for permits in January.

“The  facts are every time guns have been allowed, concealed-carry  has been  allowed, the crime rate has gone down,” said Rep. Louie  Gohmert, a  Texas Republican, just months before Illinois passed the  concealed  carry law in July 2013.

But Chicago Police Superintendant Garry  McCarthy says the opposite  is what’s reducing crime: police have  recovered 1,300 illegal guns  during the first three months of 2014.

Mr.  McCarthy also  attributed the drop in violence to better police  training and community  programs to keep kids off the street. Both the  city’s top cop and its  mayor, former Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel,  have said they oppose  the concealed carry laws.

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