Concealed Weapons Law Has Little Impact
"We've not seen a major change in anything, other than the fact that about 450 people, since the law has actually passed, have come in and got their CCW," said Camden County Sheriff John Page. "A lot of those individuals who have gone through training, do not actually carry the gun. They just want the right to carry it."
The Missouri Highway Patrol expected 60,000 applications in 2004 and 2005, but received only 23,000. Mid-Missouri gun stores said they have not had a significant difference in sales.
"There's been an increase in sales, but we don't attribute it all to the license to carry," added Grindstaff. Because, we're actually disappointed in some respect on that because we have not had the numbers of people that have signed up for the course."
Since residents have been allowed to carry concealed weapons, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the number of accidental shootings has not increased.
"These are honest citizens that are getting these permits," added Grindstaff. "And they're like you and I. They go through a program and they pay a lot of money for that."
The Post-Dispatch and Sheriff Page said crime rates have remained steady since Missouri passed its conceal and carry law. Another 45 states also have similar laws.