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The Scourge of Concealed Weapons - NYTimes.com

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The NY Times: 'the regulatory landscape has changed enormously in the last few decades. In 1981, 19 states prohibited individuals from carrying a concealed gun in public, and 28 states plus the District of Columbia gave law enforcement agencies discretion to issue permits only to people who had a real need to carry a hidden gun. All but a few states took this cautious approach.' 'Some state legislators like to argue that citizens must be allowed to arm themselves because law enforcement cannot be trusted. Others offer the 2008 Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment as justification for these laws. But that decision recognized only a narrow right of 'law-abiding, responsible citizens to use arms in defense of hearth and home.' And it came along well after most states had begun to weaken their controls.' 'President Obama has promised to unveil a new gun control strategy soon

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