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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 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 than previously reported.

This is great news as law enforcement officers understand that 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. Mystifyingly, it has been a topic of debate among law enforcement administrators across the nation. Larger cities – especially along the east and west coasts – tend to support stricter firearms restrictions, while much of the southeast, midwest, mountain west and rural areas are 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 highlights a clear image of how successful civilians are when using firearms in defense.

Editor’s Note: BlueSheepdog is made up of current and former law enforcement officers from various backgrounds and experiences. 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) after getting an NRA Life Membership Discount through GunsHolstersAndGear. The BlueSheepdog staff are supportive of citizens possessing and carrying firearms. 

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