In late December The New York Times examined North Carolina’s concealed carry program. Per the Times:
More than 2,400 permit holders were convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, excluding traffic-related crimes, over the five-year period, The Times found when it compared databases of recent criminal court cases and licensees. While the figure represents a small percentage of those with permits, more than 200 were convicted of felonies, including at least 10 who committed murder or manslaughter. All but two of the killers used a gun.
The Cherokee Scout is a small, western North Carolina newspaper. But the Scout’s story is larger than that, part of a saga about guns and newspapers and public records that is not likely to end soon.
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