ShareThis Page

State rep will host concealed-carry seminar next week in Washington County

Patrick Varine
| Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, 9:48 a.m.
A Washington County lawmaker will host a Nov. 16, 2017, seminar on Pennsylvania's concealed-carry laws.
Patrick Connolly | For the Tribune-Review
A Washington County lawmaker will host a Nov. 16, 2017, seminar on Pennsylvania's concealed-carry laws.

A Washington County lawmaker will host a Nov. 16 seminar on Pennsylvania's concealed-carry laws.

The seminar will be at 6 p.m. at the California Hill Gun Club in California.

State Rep. Bud Cook, R-Washington/Fayette, said he wants to clear up residents' misconceptions about concealed carry laws.

"Whether you're considering applying for a permit or already have one, this seminar offers a unique opportunity for both prospective and experienced firearm owners to expand their knowledge of existing gun laws and get a better understanding about freely and responsibly exercising your right to keep and bear arms," Cook said in a news release.

Officials from the Pennsylvania State Police, Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Firearms Owners Against Crime group will discuss the concealed-carry process as well as the Castle Doctrine, procedures for obtaining a concealed-carry permit, self-defense, reciprocity laws, hunting regulations and more.

Register for the free seminar by calling 724-669-2242. The gun club is at 150 California Road in California.

The seminar comes on the heels of a Stanford Law School professor's working paper, published this summer, which cites data to support the conclusion that more people carrying firearms does not have a statistical effect on increased safety.

The study , which analyzes crime data from 1977 to 2014, found that states which adopted right-to-carry laws experienced a 13 to 15 percent increase in violent crime in the 10 years after enacting those laws.

The "More Guns, Less Crime" theory was first proposed by economist John Lott in a 1998 book bearing the same title.

Donohue seemed secure in his conclusion.

"For years, the question has been, is there any public safety benefit to right to carry laws? That is now settled," the paper's lead author, John Donohue, told Vice News in its analysis piece on the study . "The answer is no."

A quick Twitter search, however, reveals that not everyone involved in the gun debate agrees:

Below, video of Donohue, the study's lead researcher, discussing the U.S. gun debate:

Below, John Lott, father of the "More Guns, Less Crime" theory, defends his position during the 2008 Intelligence Squared Debate, in which Donohue was also a participant:

Lott's website, the Crime Prevention Research Center, has also offered a response to Donohue's study .

Patrick Varine is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-850-2862, or via Twitter @MurrysvilleStar.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.

click me