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" High fee requirements for fi rearm permits demonstrably
aff ect fi rearm ownership rates. In Indiana, 20.3% of adults
have a concealed-handgun permit; in contrast, neighboring
Illinois has a rate of just 3.3%. "
segments of the population, a fear of
harm, but never a specifi c harm by a
specifi c person. "
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden
(D) took offi ce following months of
campaigning on a promise to repeal
the Protection of Lawful Commerce
in Arms Act (PLCAA), a law that
prevents gun makers and dealers
from being held civilly liable for the
illegal actions of third parties. Th e
PLCAA doesn't protect gun makers if
they break the law or make a shoddy
product; it only prevents them from
being held liable for criminal misuse
of their legal products. Repealing the
PLCAA would decimate the fi rearms
market, as it would allow activists to
fi le innumerable frivolous lawsuits
designed to bankrupt gun manufacturers
and dealers with crushing
legal fees. Who would be most
harmed by such measures? Naturally,
low-income citizens caught
in crime-ridden communities who
would fi nd it more diffi cult to protect
themselves or their families.
" Th e very people that my research
shows benefi t the most from owning
guns, the people who are most likely
to be victims of violent crime-
many of whom are minorities who
live in high-crime urban areas-are
prevented from buying guns because
26 AUGUST 2021 I AMERICA'S 1ST
FREEDOM
of these fees, " notes John Lott,
president of the Crime Prevention
Research Center.
Th us, the Left's ongoing campaign
to weaponize lawsuits would
drive up costs further, making
the purchase of a gun unattainable
to many.
" High fee requirements for fi rearm
permits demonstrably aff ect
fi rearm ownership rates. In Indiana,
20.3% of adults have a concealed-handgun
permit; in contrast,
neighboring Illinois has a rate of
just 3.3%, " Lott said. " Th is dramatic
diff erence is because until last year,
the total cost of obtaining a concealed-handgun
permit in Indiana
was $50, while in Democrat-controlled
Illinois, the total cost was at
least $400. "
Furthermore, Lott emphasized,
in Indiana, urban minorities who
often live in high-crime areas (and
who stand to benefi t the most from
concealed carry) commonly have
permits. Illinois permit holders, on
the other hand, are overwhelmingly
affl uent, suburban white males.
Th is demonstrates how the
renewed push by anti-gun activists
to raise fees and imperil the
fi rearm industry means that only
the wealthy sub-sectors of society
will be able to exercise their Second
Amendment rights. Meanwhile,
those who are most-vehemently
opposed to gun rights-such as
the D.C. elite and many Hollywood
stars-can aff ord to hire armed
security details.
The Poorest
are Left Vulnerable
Reducing or eliminating the ability
to protect oneself necessarily
makes the population more vulnerable
to crime.
" Th e NYPD has denied numerous
clients for DMV-related issues, " said
Bellan toni, referencing her home
state, which is hamstrung by some
of the most-stringent gun-control
laws in the country. " Minorities are
more likely to be stopped for some
infraction, validly or not. Th e poorer
classes are generally unable to hire
a lawyer to help them, or they are
unable to pay fi nes, which can then
compound their fi nancial problems. "
Bellantoni also noted that applicants
are sometimes turned away
on the subjective basis that their
employment was terminated " under
circumstances that demonstrate lack
of good judgment or lack of good
moral character. " (Here we have one
subjective opinion of an employer
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