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The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following sources.


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54.US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, Moore v. Madigan,, Dec. 11, 2012
55.US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Peruta v. San Diego,, Feb. 13, 2014
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57.Ed Marshall, "Former Chicagoan: Concealed Guns Make Me Feel Safer,", Mar. 10, 2011
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
60.Patrik Jonsson, "Gun Debate: Is Price of an Armed America a More Dangerous America?,", Feb. 2, 2014
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64.Ashley Woods, "Police Chief James Craig Says What Detroit Needs Is More Guns,", Jan. 23, 2014
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68.Ethan Bronner, "Other States, and Other Times, Would Have Posed Obstacles for Gunman,", July 24, 2012
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70.US Supreme Court, District of Columbia v. Heller,, June 26, 2008
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74.Fred Clark, "Concealed Carry Training Requirement Suspended,", Nov. 8, 2011
75.United States Government Accountability Office (GAO), "States' Laws and Requirements for Concealed Carry Permits Vary across the Nation,", July 2012
76.Patrick Marley, "Committee Suspends Training Requirement for Concealed Weapons,", Nov. 7, 2011
77.Southern Illinois University, "Poll: Gun Related Issues Evenly Divide States Voters,", Mar. 10, 2014
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82.Richard W. Stevens, "Just Dial 911? The Myth of Police Protection,", Apr. 1, 2000
83.Southern California Public Radio (89.3 KPCC), "LAPD Chief Beck on Officer-Involved Shooting, California's Concealed Carry Gun Laws and Marijuana Enforcement,", Feb. 19, 2014
84.Patrik Jonsson, "Florida Popcorn Shooting: Are Concealed Guns About Self-Defense or Power?," The Christian Science Monitor, Jan. 15, 2014
85.Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, "Supreme Court Leaves in Place New Jersey Law Limiting Guns in Public Places,", May 5, 2014
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
88.California Right to Carry, "Palmer v. District of Columbia," (accessed Sep. 9, 2015)
89.Jim Irvine, "2009 Attorney General Summary on Concealed Carry: Another Record Year for Ohio Concealed Handgun Licenses,", Feb. 26, 2010
90.National Conference of State Legislatures, "Guns on Campus: Overview,", Nov. 1, 2019
91.John R. Lott and Rujun Wang, "Concealed Carry Permit Holders across the United States: 2020,", Nov. 21, 2020
92.John Malcolm and Amy Swearer, "Here Are 8 Stubborn Facts on Gun Violence in America,", Mar. 14, 2018
93.John J. Donohue, Abhay Aneja, and Kyle D. Weber, "Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment Using Panel Data and a State-Level Synthetic Control Analysis,", Nov. 2018
94.Maura Ewing, "Do Right-to-Carry Gun Laws Make States Safer?,", June 24, 2017
95.Larry Keane, "Concealed Carry Permit Holders Are Making America Safer and Citizens More Self-Reliant,", Aug. 8, 2017
96.Amy Swearer and Cooper Conway, "Debunking the Myth of 'Concealed-Carry Killers,'", Nov. 5, 2019
97.Adam Nagourney and Erik Eckholm, "2nd Amendment Does Not Guarantee Right to Carry Concealed Guns, Court Rules,", June 9, 2016
98.Reuters Staff, "U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Right to Carry Gun in Public,", July 24, 2018
99.Joseph Greenlee, "Concealed Carry and the Right to Bear Arms,", Feb. 4, 2019
100.David French, "What Critics Don't Understand about Gun Culture,", Feb. 27, 2018
101.John R. Lott, Jr., "Concealed Carry Permit Holders across the United States: 2018,", Aug. 14, 2018
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103.Kim Parker, et al., "America's Complex Relationship with Guns,", June 22, 2017
104.Marquise Francis, "Why Gun Sales Are Spiking among African-Americans,", Aug. 3, 2020
105.Christianna Silva, "Some Black Americans Buying Guns: 'I'd Rather Go To Trial Than Go To The Cemetery,'", Sep. 27, 2020
106.Anna E. Kyriazis, "Do Concealed Carry Laws Affect Police Shootings?,", Dec. 30, 2019
107.Katie Zezima, "More States Are Allowing People to Carry Concealed Handguns without a Permit,", Feb. 24, 2017
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109.Tierney Sneed and Ariane de Vogue, "Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Concealed Gun Law,", June 23, 2022
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