Kopel: A letter to the Denver City Council on licensed concealed carry

Kopel: A letter to the Denver City Council on licensed concealed carry

Dear Denver City Council: This letter is to address some of the questions about licensed concealed carry raised at the April 13, 2022, meeting of the Committee on Safety, Housing, Education & Homelessness. This letter is also being made available to the public. What are crime rates for persons with licensed carry permits ? A concealed handgun permit (CHP) is issued only to persons 21 and over. Roughly speaking, among the Colorado population 21 and over, an adult with a concealed handgun permit is about 39 times less likely to be arrested than an adult without a CHP. The data are as follows. The 2003 statute creating Colorado’s current system of licensed carry required sheriffs to make annual reports to the legislature. [1] For 2020, the statewide total was 37,909 new permits issued, and 23,141 renewals. (Permits are valid for 5 years.) In that same period, there were 348 revocations. The majority (196) were for arrests. In Denver, there were 1,685 permits issued and 470 renewals. There was one revocation of a Denver permit in 2020, under the category “mental illness or addiction.” [2] The figures for 2019 are similar: statewide 23,250 new licenses; 24,473 renewals; and 377 revocations. Two revocations in Denver, both for arrest. [3] Likewise in 2018: 25,643 new licenses; 35,141 renewals; and 537 revocations. Seven revocations in Denver, six for arrest, and one for restraining order. [4] An arrest that leads to a revocation does not necessarily involve misuse of a firearm; anything that, if […]

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