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

Kopel - Complete Colorado | Published on 5/12/2022
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.