Conceal pistol law has made Jackson, Michigan safer, says firearms instructor and Judge McBain

The shoot-outs in the streets never happened. Rivers of blood…

The shoot-outs in the streets never happened.

Rivers of blood did not flow down Jackson’s gutters.

Ten years after state lawmakers made it easier for people to legally carry a concealed weapon, fears surrounding the law have been discredited.

And with violent crime in the state dropping, those who supported it could say, “I told you so.”

“I think it put the bad guys on notice,” said Ed Hoffman, a former police officer who is now a sergeant with the state Department of Corrections. “You never know who’s packing and who’s not.”

Hoffman, a 22-year corrections veteran and a certified firearms instructor in Jackson, said the 10-year-old “shall issue” law in Michigan has made the state safer. More people take responsibility for their own security, he said, and, at a time when financial trouble has forced Jackson to make deep cuts in the police department, this is important.

Source: Aaron Aupperlee for the Jackson Citizen Patriot.

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