The Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of 2014 is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun rights advocates are attributing to the concealed carry law passed last year.
The first three months of 2014 have seen the fewest number of homicides since 1958 — six fewer than this time in 2013, and 55 fewer than this time in 2012, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Gun-rights advocates argue that concealed carry laws can reduce crime and keep the population safer. The state began accepting applications for permits in January.
Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy, who has aggressively opposed conceal carry, says the drop has nothing to do with the new law, and is the result of the state recovering 1,300 illegal guns as well as better police training and taxpayer-funded community programs for kids.