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Governor Bush Notes Correlation Between Armed, Law-Abiding Citizens And Florida’s Lower Crime Rate

Friday, July 14, 2006

When queried this week about his state’s declining crime rate, Florida Governor Jeb Bush (R) told reporters from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, “Law abiding citizens that have guns for protection actually probably are part of the reason we have a lower crime rate.”

Florida is one of 40 states with Right-to-Carry statutes that allow their law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense.  In addition, the state last year passed NRA-backed “Castle Doctrine” legislation that allows citizens to “stand their ground” and defend themselves against an attacker in a place where they have a legal right to be.

Florida’s crime rate dropped for the 14th straight year and the crime rate is currently at its lowest level since 1971.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.