Everytown for Gun Safety, the pro-gun control organization funded by former New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg, launched an interactive map this week that allows users to compare gun laws in all 50 states.
Called the “Gun Law Navigator,” the map was “two years in the making” and reports on a variety of laws under the subjects: background checks, criminals, domestic violence, drugs and alcohol, mental illness, minimum age, permitting process, and other.
So, for example, a user can select the following law (see below) under the permitting process category and see which states have it on the books and which states do not.
“Despite all the gun lobby has done to stifle research, academics and reporters are working every day to understand American gun violence and how to prevent it. Starting today, researchers and gun safety advocates have a powerful new tool to work with,” said John Feinblatt, the president of Everytown.
“There used to be no easy way to compare gun laws across state lines and over time, but it now takes just a few clicks of a mouse,” he added.
While Everytown puts an anti-gun bent on their interactive map, not all the information is useless. One trend that speaks volumes about the health and well being of the 2A in this country is the fact that carrying concealed in public is legal in all 50 states. Back in 1991, that wasn’t the case. Outright bans on concealed carry were not uncommon.
The other half of the equation, which is not included in the map, is what happened to crime rates during this period of time. Turns out, as concealed carry became more common over the past quarter century, as more states recognized one’s right to keep and bear arms, crime dropped precipitously.
Put quite simply, “today’s crime rate is less than half of what it was in 1991,” to quote from a 2017 Brennan Center for Justice Crime Trends report.
Correlation doesn’t equal causation, but this data certainly undermines the anti-gun argument that expanding concealed carry laws increases crime. Were that to be true, crime rates would be spiking as there are now more than 15 million concealed carriers nationwide.
Anyways, there are plenty of other websites out there that track gun laws. And many of them are more robust and informative than Everytown’s. That said, feel free to check out the Gun Law Navigator. But just remember to consider the source and its respective ant-gun agenda.