This valuable data shows the gross disparity in concealed handgun permits by race and income in Chicago. Besides the $650 to get a permit (fees and training costs), one can’t take the handguns with them on public transportation and there are no shooting ranges to train within Chicago. Both the fees and the lack of training facilities in Chicago make it particularly difficult for poor blacks to get a permit. Unfortunately, John Lott’s research shows that it poor blacks who are the most likely victims of violent crime and the ones who most benefit from the option to be able to protect themselves. From the Washington Times:
If you live in 60624, the ZIP code where the shooting took place, you don’t expect your streets to be safe. In the last 30 days, that neighborhood has recorded more homicides, robberies, assaults, thefts and narcotics charges combined than any other ZIP code in Cook County when measured on a per capita basis. Its population is 98 percent black and averages a median income just above the poverty line.
It also is one of the ZIP codes that registers the fewest active concealed carry firearms permits per capita in the county, according to concealed carry numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Washington Times. . . .
It’s a completely different story in affluent Palos Park, located in southwestern Cook County. . . . It also has the most concealed carry licenses in Cook County this year, with 1.24 percent of its residents authorized to carry a gun. . . .
“You really need to ask whether or not politicians are consciously trying to disarm certain groups of people,” said Dr. John Lott, a Second Amendment expert and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. “Why do they want a law that primarily disarms blacks and gives guns to only well-to-do whites? Don’t they think it should be equal for everyone to protect their lives?”
Illinois residents say the disproportionate statistics all boil down to cost. Of right-to-carry states, Illinois has the highest registration and training fee, costing an applicant about $650 on average for fingerprinting, taxes and logistics — excluding the price of the gun. . . .
There are now apparently 73,714 concealed handgun permits.