Study: Murder Rates Lower Where Concealed Weapons Allowed

A recent study showing a reverse correlation between concealed weapons and murder rates has renewed the contentious national debate about the effect of gun controls on violent crime.

Reason magazine reported last week on economist Mark Gius’ study of gun controls, published in the journal Applied Economics Letters showing states with restrictions on concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.

The study looked at the effects on murder rates of both state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons restrictions from 1980 to 2009.

Assault weapons bans, it found, didn’t significantly affect murder rates at the state level. The findings come as A 2007 study has been also getting a new look from those who dispute gun control efforts aimed at stemming gun violence, Boston magazine reported last summer.

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The pair found “correlations that nations with stringent gun controls tend to have much higher murder rates than nations that allow guns.”

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Also see this post by John Lott.

Author: Greg Raven

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