Concealed carry in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Indeed, few lawfully-owned guns are ever used in a crime:North Carolina reports only 0.2% of their 263,102 holders had their license revoked in the 10 years since they have adopted the law.
Permit holders are a remarkably law-abiding subclass of the population. Florida, which has issued over 1,408,907 permits in twenty one years, has revoked only 166 for a "crime after licensure involving a firearm," and fewer than 4,500 permits for any reason.
Firearms as Used in Crime
Annual Criminal Abuse of Firearms Nationally: Less than 0.2% of all firearms, and less than 0.4% of all handguns. More than 99.8% of all guns, and 99.6% of all handguns are NOT used in criminal activity in any given year.(BATF, FBI)
Nor are gun accidents as much of an issue as some would try to claim:
Your personal opinions notwithstanding, the numbers do not back you up.Firearms Accidents and Firearms Safety Education
Fatal Firearms Accidents for All Ages Annually: 1,134 nationwide in 1996. Rate of 0.4 per 100T population. Represents a roughly 90% decrease from record high in 1904. Accident rate is down by 65% since 1930, while U.S. population has doubled and number of privately-owned firearms has quadrupled. Compare to other types of fatal accidents, for all ages: Motor Vehicles 16.7/100T, Falls 4.8/100T, Poisoning 4.0/100T, Drowning 1.7/100T, Fires 1.6/100T, Choking 1.1/100T.(National Safety Council, National Center for Health Statistics, BATF, US Census)
Contrariwise, I've known literally hundreds of permit-holders, because I teach firearm classes sometimes. The vast majority were sensible, reasonable people who would be perfectly welcome to enter my home armed.