Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

Want to protect people as a government?  Assign a cop to every citizen.  Short of that allow every citizen to protect themselves, their families and those in public places.  The State of Maine did this a few years ago and is now the safest State in the nation.  Want to be dangerous—live in California, the State that protects criminals—both foreign and domestic—and demands we have more victims.

“Public safety makes up 50 percent of the Best States for crime & corrections ranking. This subcategory evaluates both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate in each state, as measured by the FBI in 2017. Though some major cities, such as Chicago and Baltimore, have seen drastic increases in homicides in recent years, overall violent crime and property crime rates remain near historic lows.

A higher state ranking indicates a lower crime rate for these metrics. Maine ranks first in the nation for public safety. Fellow New England state Vermont places second in this subcategory, followed by New Hampshire, New Jersey and Idaho.”

Vermont is also strong on self protection, as is Idaho.  I am surprised to see New Jersey on the list.  Want freedom and safety?  Support the Second Amendment.  Love criminals?  Be like New York and California.

Four years after allowing universal ‘concealed carry’ law, Maine rated the safest state in the nation for crime

By Thomas Lifson, American Thinker,  9/5/19 

Since 2015, residents of the state of Maine have been allowed to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit, and now the results are in: crime has fallen to the point where the state is now rated the safest in the nation from the threat of crime. The Maine Examiner reports:

When Maine passed a “Constitutional Carry” law allowing Maine residents to carry a concealed firearm without any special permit in 2015, opponents of the law forecast a dangerous future for the state. They said the new law would hurt public safety and put Maine kids at risk.

One state representative who opposed the bill went so far as to say it would give Mainers a reason to be afraid every time they went out in public or to work.

Another state representative suggested the law would lead to violent criminals with recent arrests and convictions legally carrying handguns.

They were wrong, as wrong as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors labeling the NRA a “terrorist organization.” And for the same reason, the notion that a physical object, not human beings, causes evil.  The US News &World Report rankings of the safest states has named Maine as the safest state in the nation.

Public safety makes up 50 percent of the Best States for crime & corrections ranking. This subcategory evaluates both the violent crime rate and the property crime rate in each state, as measured by the FBI in 2017. Though some major cities, such as Chicago and Baltimore, have seen drastic increases in homicides in recent years, overall violent crime and property crime rates remain near historic lows.

A higher state ranking indicates a lower crime rate for these metrics. Maine ranks first in the nation for public safety. Fellow New England state Vermont places second in this subcategory, followed by New Hampshire, New Jersey and Idaho.

As the Maine Examiner noted, second-ranking Vermont also has a constitutional carry law.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens decrease crime. That is fact that has been statistically demonstrated by John Lott’s pathbreaking book, More Guns, Less Crime, a rick-solid statistical analysis showing that when states pass “shall issue” concealed carry laws, crime goes down. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors should take note.

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Comments

  1. When the good guys own more guns on site then the bad guys the bad guys go to other locations. It is like trying to hold up a “police” bar and finding everyone in the bar is carrying.

    There is another fact not stated here. The number of firearm crimes and injuries is dropping nation wide. The insane idiots that kill will not be stopped and they find other ways.

    Stack & Pack living and no ability to defend yourself is a great formula for more crime.

  2. John Steele says

    South Oregun also is very safe as most people here carry. Rarely do you hear of anyone being robbed.. It’s usually just fast food stores.

    • Not true. There is a lot of crime in Southern Oregon; Medford is cited as the most dangerous city in the State. Drug use is the highest in the State in Southern Oregon, too, along with h.s. dropout rate of 30%. You don’t know what you’re talking about. And learn how to spell Oregon.

    • Patricia Davis says

      Really I live in Medford, Oregon. And I do not feel safe. I hear everyday about somebody missing something. Either car broken into or garages are another target. About 6 months ago I woke up to someone trying to break into my garage. I don’t own a gun, but I do have an iron skillet!!

  3. The population of Maine is 1.34 million people; there is no evidence that concealed firearms is the motivator of low crime there. The police chief credits: “We are very fortunate to have a supportive and engaged community and a skilled and dedicated group of police officers who work tirelessly at reducing crime and improving the quality of our remarkable city.” No mention of how everyone carrying a concealed weapon is the reason. Stop promoting news that has no correlation to your wish to flood the country with guns!

    • Joseph Martin says

      The statistics are valid and strongly support that the easier it is for law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons or even open carry is likely the primary reason for lower crime rates in those states. Just because the police chief wants to take credit for this is much more likely due to his own personal and political aspiration than your groundless assumption that it is not responsible citizens exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. Exercising your 2nd Amendment rights does not
      equal “wanting to flood the country with guns”. Your fear and bias against an inanimate object is not based in reality.

    • Jack Daniels says

      That was just stupid on steroids. The police chief is hardly an unbiased bystander. What the hell do you expect him to say? If he cited an armed population as being in any way responsible the Mayor would be trying to cut back his budget.

    • And neither did blood flow in the streets like the wild west when the law was passed. Statistics have shown in other states that violent crime rates have gone done and virtually never gone up where Concealed carry laws have been relaxed.

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  4. What do you know!? This only makes sense.

  5. Joyce E Carey says

    We have the Second Amendment in our Constitution because our forefathers understood an unarmed citizenry would lead to government becoming socialist. I believe in the NRA and thank God every day for living in the United States ?? of America. ???????????

  6. Concealed carry would eliminate at least 70% of people on people, people on business crimes. This would free up police officers for crime abatement other than the BS they are obligated to go through the motions with. After a month of this the majority of bad guys would figure out that it just wasn’t worth it and do a geographic.At first the funeral homes would see a jump in business but after a month or two it would all level out.

  7. Toni Webb is a clueless lemming. You sir or ma’am have no idea what you’re talking about. Of course an armed society is a polite society, half-wit.

  8. Dennis W Nowik says

    Maine has one of the lowest populations of blacks and hispanic gangs.

  9. Charles J Ayres says

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  10. Heather Vander Heide says

    I’m new to learning about the massive battle over the 2nd amendment and quick to follow my curiosity and spend time doing research online so I went ahead and started reading up on Maine crime stats. Obviously it’s true that Maine is safer than other states. There continues to be the same downward trend in property related and nonviolent crimes that started in 2012, three years before any change in firearms laws. In the meantime, there continues to be the same steady increase in violent crime that was a trend already happening before 2015. My impression is that there isn’t a discernible causal link between crime rates and constitutional carry. Anyone wanting to use Maine statistics to support a narrative of a country made safer by constitutional carry has a weak case. By God, look at Alaska with similar laws as Maine and you will really have a poor case for looser firearm regulation correlating to overall safety. Most dangerous state in the union by spades.
    However, I think the good news is that basically, yawn, everyone is fine in Maine! No chaos or mayhem like some politicians ominously claimed. Maine stands as a strong example that people can handle their firearms free of governmental regulation and the sky isn’t falling whatsoever. Crime rates are still doing what they were doing before and after change of law. Just another Tuesday.
    The first Author mentions New York and California. You are 3 times more likely to die by gun as a Maine resident than as a New York resident. I checked raw data (actual number of deaths) and statistics rendered by the Center for Desease Control and prevention (the CDC). I discovered that, per 100,000 people, California has 7.9 gun deaths, New York, 3.7 and unfortunately Maine has 11.7. I love Maine. The people are great and my sister married a Mainer. I’ve actually been hosted there, camped there. You are however, notably more likely to die from having been shot by a gun in Maine than the two other states with stricter gun laws. Is there a causal link between the stricter gun laws and the lower rate of gun deaths? Some politicians in those states would say yes.
    I will continue to read articles from a wide variety of websites and sniff out new information before formulating an opinion on the “gun debate”. I advocate for people not relying on the government to tell them what’s going on in their country and to use the internet to actually find out for themselves.

    • Heather,

      The reason why Maine has a higher death rate by firearms is most likely the increased suicide rate. At 19 per 100k of population, it is considerably higher than New York’s 8 per 100k.

      If you look at the actual homicide rates between the 2 states, Maine’s is roughly 2/3rds that of New York’s.

    • Hi Heather. Thank you for this well researched and informative post. I too am a stickler for the #s and love to see this type of detail. Something is missing though that would provide better clarity and remove questions as to the reason for the disparity of Maine being the Best State for Safety with what, on the surface would seem to be a high rate of deaths per millions of residents. I wonder what the Maine Gun Death numbers look like stratified by ‘type’ of death? I.e. Suicide, Accidental, and Violent death in comparison to CA and NY? Guessing those #s would be quite interesting for everyone who wants to understand the issue of Concealed Carry vs. not.

  11. Dani Cazeault says

    I vacation in Maine. I am from RI. I absolutely love being up there and open carry my Glock. Everyone I met was totally cool with it. The game warden talked to me for a half hour. Never even worried about my side arm. Maine. The way life ought to be . 🙂

  12. The majority of the population in Maine is white therefore you don’t have the crime like you do in New York California Texas because the majority of the people in those states are other than white any exclusion Texas is a republican state therefore it should not be considered with California New York California and New York are democratic states and they are cesspools they need to be caged lock the animals inside take the good out leave the bed there and cage it anyways those are just my thoughts

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