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Could Armed Citizens Help Decrease Crime?
OHIO -- Is this a good way to fight crime?
It's dropping in Detroit, and the police chief there is thanking law-abiding citizens who carry guns.
A whole posse of homeowners recently opened fire to defend themselves.
And the police chief says that's one reason robberies are now down 37 percent over the last year.
So we asked Ohio's top law man, Attorney General Mike DeWine, about gun-toting citizens.
"They have the second amendment right to protect themselves with a handgun if that's what it comes down to," said Becky Frame, NRA Certified Instructor.
"I think more people are arming themselves," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine,
Attorney General DeWine would know.
His office keeps track of how many concealed carry permits are granted in the State of Ohio.
"We have seen a continuous increase of people who are getting their concealed carry permit," he said.
In fact, Montgomery, Greene and Clark counties all saw a drastic increase in permits granted last year.
In Montgomery County alone there were more than 71-hundred given out.
But the most interesting statistic has more to do with who is getting their permit.
"Women are actually the fastest growing demographic for gun owners in the United States right now," said Frame.
For frame, and many others it's all about protecting yourself.
And Ohio's Attorney General agrees saying it just might keep the bad guys away.
"I would hope that that would cause some of the burglars and some of the robbers to have a second thought, hey that man behind the counter, that woman behind the counter, she may have a gun," said Ohio Attorney General DeWine.
To get a CCW permit in the State of Ohio you must go through 12 hours of training, 10 hours in a classroom and two hours in a shooting range.
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