Study: Concealed-carry means fewer murders
posted at 10:54 am on January 2, 2014 by Ed Morrissey
Pay no attention to this study, which comes from the NRA and only looked at the Duck Dynasty-loving areas of the US while crime rates were already falling. We all know that allowing citizens to carry firearms will create a Wild West atmosphere, and … er, what? This study comes from a Quinnipiac University economist and looks at all states in the US for a 29-year period? Indeed it does (via Instapundit):
The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states.
It also has bad news for those pushing an assault-weapons ban, too:
It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level.
Guess who gets to say, “I told you so”? Paging John Lott:
The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).
It’s one study, and it will have to compete with others, of course. So far, though, no one has shown any risk of increased violence from allowing law-abiding citizens to responsibly arm themselves for self-defense.