University of Alabama sophomore Grayson Everett has penned a, well, sophomoric piece for al.com putting forth the premise that designated gun-free zones save lives. He claims statistics prove his point…without actually citing any. It’s just common sense! The fact is, though, that as gun ownership and the number of concealed carry permits have risen, states have consistently reduced the legal penalties for carrying in posted no-go zones.
Texas dropped the consequences for toting against signage from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C. Basically a speeding ticket. A bill on Missouri governor Jay Nixon’s desk would remove all penalties for carrying past a ‘no guns allowed’ sign. Of course being caught in a Post Office remains a felony. But with penalties being trimmed and concealed always meaning concealed, do you carry even in “gun-free” zones?