Elisabeth Meinecke

Good news, though it won't be shocking to Second Amendment supporters: gun crimes in Virginia bars and restaurants that serve alcohol have DROPPED since the state decided to allow concealed carry in those establishments, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper's request.

And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law's first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found."

As the article points out, so much for Virginia turning into the Wild West again with this law. Anti-gun groups might not like it, but the facts speak for themselves.


Elisabeth Meinecke

Elisabeth Meinecke is TOWNHALL MAGAZINE Managing Editor. Follow her on Twitter @lismeinecke.