Freedom marches on in the USA as the number of Americans living in “May Issue” states has dropped dramatically with the Peruta decision.
And thanks to Illinois last year, the “red” citizens – those living on non-issuing states – dropped to zero.
From the Volokh Conspiracy, now at the Washington Post:
The chart [above] shows how Shall Issue laws for the licensed carrying of firearms for self-defense have become the American norm.
As of 1986, slightly less than 10% of the U.S. population lived in states where there were objective and fair procedures for the issuance of concealed handgun carry permits. About a third of the population lived in states where there was not even a process to apply for a permit. The majority of the population lived in states where issuance in permits was highly discretionary, and many issuing authorities refused to issue to ordinary law-abiding citizens.
By 2014, the percentage of people living in the Red states, with no possibility of even applying for a permit, has declined to zero. Illinois’ 2013 reforms ended the problem of states not even having a process theoretically available. (The problem persists in DC, but this chart is only for states.)
Those poor gun control advocates… what are they going to do?