Gotta Love the USA!
One place where law-abiding folks jump the hoops and take the classes, get permits, and the criminals don't care.
Spent the Winter in Arizona, where they got it right... If you can Legally own a gun, you can Concealed Carry without any permit. There are exceptions for Public Safety However, gunpowder and alcohol don't mix so no firearms in Bars or Restaurants where alcohol is served.
They have a lot of gun related deaths, but overall crime is down. If there's a possibility Granny's Packin', it don't make sense to grab her purse!
The following is an actual 911 recording I heard on the news this last Winter:
An 83 year old lady that never fired a gun in her young life, took the safety class and bought a handgun to protect herself.
"911 what is your emergency?"
"There's a suspicious man in my back yard."
"I am dispatching Police to your location now."
"Thank You!..... I think he's trying to get into the house!"
"Help is on the way Mam..."
"Don't you dare come in here! I will shoot you! ... Should I shoot him?"
"Uh no Mam that wouldn't be a good (BLAM!) idea, Police will be there shortly."
"He's still moving... should I shoot him again?"
"NO (BLAM!) !!"
"he's not moving.... I think he's dead......................... I hope it's not somebody I know..."
"what is this quintessence of dust?" - Shakespeare