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Footnotes and Sources

The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following footnotes (directly referenced) and sources (used for general research and not directly referenced):

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  55. US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Peruta v. San Diego,, Feb. 13, 2014
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  58. Teresa Stepzinski, “More Women Carrying Concealed Weapons in Florida,”, Mar. 23, 2014
  59. Nick Leghorn, “NY Times Proves Concealed Carry License Holders More Law-Abiding Than the Population. Unintentionally,”, Dec. 28, 2011
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  74. Fred Clark, “Concealed Carry Training Requirement Suspended,”, Nov. 8, 2011
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  86. David Kopel, “Licensed Handgun Carry Now Legal in District of Columbia: Palmer v. DC,” Washington Post, July 28, 2014
  87. Frederick J. Scullin Jr., Palmer v. District of Columbia, July 26, 2014
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