Personally, I think it’s a little too soon to credit this news to Illinois’ new concealed carry laws, however, it is an interesting data point.
According to the Chicago PD, the first quarter murder rate in the city was at its lowest point since 1958.
According to ABC News,
The first three months of the year saw 6 fewer murders than the same time frame in 2013–a 9 percent drop–and 55 fewer murders than 2012, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
There were 90 fewer shootings and 119 fewer shooting victims, drops of 26 and 29 percent respectively, according to police statistics. Compared to the first quarter of 2012, there have been 222 fewer shootings and 292 fewer shooting victims.
During the same time period, the first concealed carry permits were issued to Illinois residents.
Coincidence? Cause and effect? Like I said, I think it’s too soon to say. One thing that is clear though, more people being able to protect themselves in more places is a positive thing and we will certainly begin documenting more defensive gun uses in Illinois in the coming months.