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Number of recent school mass shootings by gun permit-holders: Zero

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo, guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington. A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional parts of a gun-control law in the nation’s capital that imposed strict registration requirements on handguns and long guns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the city could not require gun owners to re-register a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection or pass a test about firearms laws. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2007 file photo, guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington. A federal appeals court has struck down as unconstitutional parts of a gun-control law in the nation’s capital that imposed strict registration requirements on handguns and long guns. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that the city could not require gun owners to re-register a gun every three years, make a gun available for inspection or pass a test about firearms laws. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Opposition to concealed handguns on college campuses is strong, but evidence that permit holders commit gun-related crimes on campus is tenuous.

For instance, the Violence Policy Center has tracked mass shootings committed by those with a conceal-and-carry permit since 2007 and found that permit holders have committed 29 of them.

None of them have occurred on a school campus.

The FBI defines a mass killing as four or more victims, according to USA Today. From 2000-2014, 133 mass shootings have occurred in the United States. FBI data relies on voluntary reports from law-enforcement agencies, however, and a USA Today investigation found the FBI data accuracy rate to be 57 percent, so statistics surrounding mass shootings aren’t always comprehensive.

One thing is certain: if anything, conceal-and-carry permit holders respect the law more than the general population.

Part of the reason is that “federal law has required that any purchaser involved in a commercial firearms transaction must subject himself to a background check,” since the Brady Act took effect in 1993, as Charles C.W. Cooke noted.

Indeed, except for Vermont, felons cannot legally purchase a weapon to varying degrees in 49 states, which precludes them from receiving a concealed handgun permit. In effect, when someone can legally purchase a gun, it’s a sign that their criminal record is non-existent or nominal.

Total conviction rates in Texas for permit holders who committed a crime in 2013, for example, stood at .31 percent. That covers all crime, not gun-specific crimes. Those who obtain a conceal-and-carry permit, as a whole, commit less crime than the general population.

No federal law exists that regulates the issuance of permits and licenses for a concealed handgun. Thirty-seven states grant permits on a “shall issue” basis, which means that the applicant usually has to pass a background check, but will receive the permit unless the state finds a compelling reason against approval. No permit is required in Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, and Vermont. Connecticut has more discretion than shall-issue states, but works under a “reasonable issue” model, according to the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

Background checks don’t ensure that someone will not commit a crime and use a gun. They’re only a part of a process designed to guard individual rights while protecting public safety.

In total, almost 13 million Americans have a permit for legally carrying a concealed weapon, roughly 5 percent of the total adult population, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.

Those who speak about their concerns over conceal-and-carry permit holders on campus lack any evidence to corroborate the fear.

 

 


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