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Michigan Finds Fears Over Gun Rights Unfounded

By John Lott   |   Friday, 05 Aug 2011 12:35 PM

As I have often written, after a right-to-carry guns law has been passed, people often wonder what all the fuss was all about.

Here is an interesting front page article in the Detroit Free Press by Dawson Bell and Gina Damron.

The quotes on people who thought that there were going to be big problems and then there weren't, reads as if it could have been part of my book, "More Guns, Less Crime."

Ten years after Michigan made it much easier for its citizens to get a license to carry a concealed gun, predictions of widespread lawless behavior and bloodshed have failed to materialize.

Today, nearly 276,000 — or about four out of every 100 eligible adult Michiganders — are licensed.

That's more than twice the number predicted  . . . "There haven't been as many incidents as we feared," said Tom Hendrickson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, which vigorously opposed the reforms.

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon said he had been opposed to the law and was concerned about flooding the streets with guns. But, he said, "it has turned out not as bad as I suspected that it would" . . .

An interactive version of the map shown below can be obtained here. Wayne county has issued permits to about 4.2 percent of adults. Livingston county is at 5.1 percent. Schoolcraft County in the Northern Peninsula is at 6.3 percent. Montmorency is at 6.94 percent.

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