The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recently released an important report indicating the civilian use of firearms in self-defense is much more prevalent than some would have us believe, and far more successful then previously reported. This is actually great news for law enforcement, and lawfully armed citizens. Law enforcement officers understand all too well we are rarely at the scene of a violent crime when the critical moments are at hand.
The civilian carry of firearms is guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but has been a widely divided topic among law enforcement agencies across the nation. Larger cities, and the far east and west coast have tended to support stricter firearms restrictions, while much of the southeast, midwest, mountain west and rural areas have been much more supportive of civilian firearm ownership and carry. Though the arguments for and against civilian carry of firearms are definitely not over, this new FBI report spreads a much clearer image of the ways civilians are using firearms in defense and how successful they are.
Editor’s Note: BlueSheepdog is made up of current and former law enforcement officers from various backgrounds and experience. This author has over 21 years in law enforcement, including Patrol, Traffic, Drug Task Force, Supervisor, and SWAT. For disclosure, the author is a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In general, the BlueSheepdog staff are supportive a lawful citizens possessing and carrying firearms.