The armed robbery thread veered off in a direction that I thought warranted its own thread, so here it is. Several states have "concealed carry" laws that allow ordinary citizens to carry firearms on their person out in public. Â Do you think these laws deter crime or create situations in which a non-lethal situation turns deadly? Â I admit that I have not made up my mind on this issue. Â I think that a criminal not wanting to confront an armed target sounds good in theory, but admit to being a bit unnerved at the prospect of the guy standing next to me on the subway packing heat. Please discuss.