What does it solve?
Carrying guns in public is a tremendous responsibility. States should set strong minimum standards for carrying concealed guns in public to ensure that people who are too dangerous or irresponsible to carry guns in our communities are blocked from doing so.
This should include requiring that a person pass a background check, get a concealed carry permit, and undergo safety training that includes live-fire experience. States should also allow law enforcement to block people who pose a danger to the public from carrying concealed handguns in public. States also decide which out-of-staters may carry concealed handguns within their borders—and they should not allow the carry of guns by people with permits from states with standards weaker than their own.
Myth & Fact
By the numbers
States that have weakened their firearm permitting system have experienced a 13-15 percent increase in violent crime rates.
People with at least one misdemeanor conviction were more than 7 times more likely than those without a criminal history to be charged with a new crime after buying a new handgun.