Are Kansans Safer With Concealed Carry?

By: Jared Cerullo Email
By: Jared Cerullo Email

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It was a hot button issue a little more than two years ago when Kansans voted in concealed carry legislation. Right now, just over 18,000 Kansans have gun permits. A little more than 3,500 of those are in Sedgwick County.

"If the only people who have the guns are the criminals, then we're at danger," says one citizen.

We hit the streets Friday to find out if people feel any safer now that concealed carry legislation is in effect?

"The crime rate here is outrageous," says Travis Letterman. "There's a lot of gangs and lots of people that look legitimate, but they're in gangs and if they can carry a gun, it's all the better for them and worse for us."

But is anybody convinced that people who do carry weapons could protect themselves if they're faced with a serious crisis?

"I think they could if they had proper training," says Rachel Schroeder, who does not own a gun. "I'm sure they do have to go through rigorous programs to learn about gun safety."

But do they? Not according to Sedgwick County Undersheriff Mike Stover, who says law enforcement officers get hundreds of hours of training every year on how to hold their guns, how to use their guns, how to keep their gun in the holster to keep people from taking it away from them.

Now think about this: Citizens applying for a concealed carry permit are only required to go through one eight hour training seminar every four years.

"I think a citizen, unless they've done a lot of their own firearms training in addition to what they're required to do would have a difficult time responding accurately and appropriately," Stover said.

When asked whether he thinks our community is safer now that we have concealed carry...

"I don't know of any statistics that would show us that people are safer because people are now carrying firearms," Stover said.

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