Does "Right-to-Carry" Lead to More Crime?
"So-called 'right-to-carry' gun laws are associated with higher rates
of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder, according to a recently
released Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University study.
For decades, gun rights supporters and foes have debated whether laws
that allow more people to have guns create an environment where less
crime is committed.
All 50 states have laws allowing certain concealed weapons in public.
Researchers expanded on a 2004 National Research Council study that
covered county-level crime data between 1977 and 2000, adding in six
additional years of county information and state-level data from
'Our analysis of admittedly imperfect gun aggravated assaults
provides suggestive evidence that RTC laws may be associated with large
increases in this crime, perhaps increasing such gun assaults by almost
33 percent,' researchers wrote.
The study also found that homicide rates increased in eight states that adopted right-to-carry laws between 1999 and 2010."
View the study