While the state doesn't provide a precise breakdown of the reason for those revocations, the vast majority were apparently for people who accidentally carried their concealed handgun into a gun-free zone, such as an airport or school.
Throughout the past 29 months, beginning January 2008, only three additional permit holders have had their permit revoked for a firearms-related violation. With more than 729,000 active permit holders, that is an annual revocation rate of 0.00017 percent.
So, not only is the number of cases incredibly small, "the vast majority were apparently for people who accidentally carried their concealed handgun into a gun-free zone." Now, that's what I call some fancy spinning.
Another problem I have with his description, aside from the fact that he's guessing at what the "vast majority" might be, is the fact that he fails to allow for all the lesser incidents. He's talking about people who have actually lost their permits, the worst of the worst.
When John Lott counts 2,5 million DGUs per year, he includes all the undocumented cases of simple brandishing of the weapon which supposedly prevented crimes. But, when he counts the concealed carry license holders who have misused their guns, he counts only the ones who have actually been convicted of a crime and have forfeited the license.
When he makes one argument he uses the loosest standard possible to include every case. When he makes the other argument, he counts only the worst of the worst in order to keep the numbers as low as possible.
That's what I call spinning. What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.