Those That Carry Concealed Among Us

As you’ll see in a story coming Sunday, the number of concealed pistol licenses in Washington is up 43 percent in four years. Kitsap and Mason counties echo that trend.

There are, in total, about 258,000 people in the state who can choose to carry a hidden lethal weapon on their person, according to the Department of Licensing.

Just who are these people? Where do they live and work? What motivates them to pack heat? That was the question I attempted to answer in Sunday’s story to come.

In doing the story, I attempted to shy away from the age-old debate of the second amendment, one that burns bright in the psyche of America. There are those who simply believe more guns equal more crime, and those who simply believe more guns equal less crime. And both sides have stats readily available to share.

It was pretty much an impossible task avoiding this perennial hot button issue. But I tried to steer the story toward issues relevant to concealed carry. And further, trying to answer this question: do concealed carriers make our society safer, or more dangerous?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about the story, as well as what you believe the answer to that question to be.

3 thoughts on “Those That Carry Concealed Among Us

  1. It seems most states have quietly authorized concealed carry over the past 20 years or so. The worst case scenarios frequently predicted have not come to pass.

    For safety, it makes sense to have a number of responsible citizens ready to use a firearm as a last resort in random places all of the time. Guns aren’t for everyone, but the final decision should be made by the individual, not one size fits all government mandates.

    If it makes sense to allow the concealed carry of handguns, (most states do) why have a checkerboard pattern of jurisdictions (National Parks) and locations within a state where it is not legal to carry a gun?

    I once saw a sign at Point No Point County Park stating that firearms were prohibited on that property. I checked Kitsap County Park’s website yesterday and was not able to find park rules.

    Just like a driver’s license, why isn’t a concealed carry permit issued in one state, honored in the other 49?

  2. Alex: Gun-free zones don’t make sense and are a target for a criminal to cause much harm. The bad guy knows people in gun-free zones are unarmed and defenseless. Have you ever heard of a serial killing at the local gun range, police dept or gun shop? A law abiding citizen, with a CCP permit, would eliminate mass killings.

  3. I would say that a number of people choose to carry a gun for various reasons or another. I cannot carry a concealed weapon YET, but with my husband being in the military and out to sea half the time I am working my way to getting one.
    People who choose to carry a concealed weapon should definitely be responsible for it and the actions taken with it.
    A responsible citizen would most likely be “packing heat” for their own protection. I know of at least one individual actually making a citizens arrest on the outside of a college campus of a drug dealer and taking both the dealer and the student buying the drugs to the police station. I agree with John’s statement “Have you ever heard of a serial killing at the local gun range, police dept or gun shop? A law abiding citizen, with a CCP permit, would eliminate mass killings.”
    I do not see the problem with people obtaining a concealed weapons license and carrying a weapon.
    In answer to your question, I am a stay at home Mom, who lives in WA state.

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