Why Gun Theft is on the Rise

By  Second Amendment Foundation, Special for  USDR

The Second Amendment Foundation today said that a reported rise in gun thefts from cars underscores a dangerous consequence of so-called “gun-free zones” that prohibit law-abiding citizens from carrying their legally-licensed guns, thus forcing people to leave their firearms where they are vulnerable to car  prowlers.

A story in The Trace, a publication that received funding from anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety, said gun thefts from cars have soared in some cities. SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb contends that one reason for this that “nobody wants to talk about” is a proliferation of “gun-free  zones.”

“Whether it’s a school, city hall or other municipal building, city park, baseball or football stadium, post office or a private business such as a restaurant, shopping mall, theater or big box store that has been encouraged to prohibit firearms on the premises,” Gottlieb observed, “the result is the same. Honest citizens are being forced to leave their legal firearms locked in cars, trucks or SUVs and thieves have figured this  out.

“American gun owners are being systematically discriminated against for simply exercising their constitutionally-protected right to bear arms,” he continued. “Ultimately, honest citizens are being victimized by such restrictions because not only are they vulnerable to criminal attack because of these unilateral disarmament laws, they stand an increasing chance of having their property stolen. The bottom line is that whether you own a gun or not, these laws make us all less  safe.

“In some states where discretionary laws allow bureaucrats to deny carry licenses or permits to honest citizens,” Gottlieb added, “people who want to travel with firearms are doubly penalized because they must also leave those guns in cars, where they could fall into the wrong  hands.

“This story in an anti-gun publication unintentionally underscores the necessity for serious gun law reform that includes abolition of gun-free zones, and adoption of constitution-friendly shall-issue carry laws in all 50 states,” he concluded. “This nonsense of forcing people to disarm needs to stop, and it’s an easy  fix.”

The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms.  Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun  control.

SOURCE Second Amendment  Foundation

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