FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON June 17, 2004
Contact: Felicity Bower 1-800-707-4020
CIVIL RIGHTS MILESTONE ACHIEVED --
10th Anniversary of Concealed Weapons in Arizona
Statewide Task Force Sought
Major civil-rights legislation reaches its tenth anniversary one month
from today, and prospects for a vigorous future seem strong, according
to industry experts. "None of the hoplophobic (weapon-fearing)
horror stories released ten years ago turned out to be true," said
Alan Korwin, author of The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide. "Widespread
reports about impending shootouts in traffic or in restaurants can now
be seen, in 20/20 hindsight, as virtually delusional, or just tasteless
anti-rights bigotry," he observed.
"My firm, Bloomfield Press, does not endorse the carry-a-concealed-weapon
(CCW) permit concept," Korwin said. "It is our position that
a civil and human right must not be conditioned on classes, testing,
ID cards, taxes called fees, expiration dates, fingerprinting, photo
imaging, inclusion in criminal-record files, and severe penalties for
This is by no means a radical position. The right to assemble, practice
religion, run a press or speak publicly, for example, the same as the
right to arms, are all dangerous enough to have been banned by nations
throughout history, and can severely threaten individual and group interests.
However, American reluctance to support permit programs for any of those
rights has historically been applied to the rights of innocent people
to peacefully arm themselves. The CCW-permit concept is a rare and egregious
blot on that record.
Korwin does, however, recognize some significant benefits arising from
the Arizona CCW law. Although, surprisingly, no statistics are officially
tallied to demonstrate advantages of the program, a constant flow of
anecdotal reports shows it is working. Every life saved, and every crime
prevented, increases the program's value in an obvious way, he said.
It is also worth noting that the partial, if conditional, restoration
of civil rights Americans have historically possessed, is a small incremental
step in the right direction.
In view of ten years of good results, we support creation of a statewide
task force to explore implementing so-called Vermont/Alaska-style carry,
so that innocent people will not need a permit for mere possession of
constitutionally protected personal property.
P.S. Bloomfield Press, founded in 1989, is the largest publisher of
gun law books in the country. The Arizona Gun Owner's Guide for police
department and news media review is free on request, call 1-800-707-4020.
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