States With Relaxed Concealed Carry Laws See Rise in Violent Crime: Studies

States with concealed carry laws have seen increases in violent crime, according to recent studies.

One of the studies from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, published online Sept. 20, focused on 36 states that relaxed their concealed carry permit requirements between 1980 and 2019.

It found that 34 states with laws in force saw a 24% increase in gun attacks.

States with firearm safety training requirements no longer saw widespread increases in gun crime compared to states without these measures.

“Licensing requirements have increased in the well-known violent crime that has been covered up after states have relaxed,” said Dr. Mitchel Doucette, research associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management and principal investigator at the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Bloomberg School.

“Allowing additional individuals to hold concealed weapons in public … may encourage inappropriate use of firearms in response to interpersonal conflict, disputes, or other circumstances.”

The Johns Hopkins report — released just months after the US Supreme Court overturned a New York state law banning concealed firearms — is consistent with all other recent assessments of concealed carry laws.

Earlier this year, the National Bureau for Economics found that RTC policies resulted in a 29 percent increase in gun violence in 47 US cities.

The covert delivery of legal guidelines also hampered police effectiveness, with clearance rates falling between 7% and 15% in four violent crime categories. The study attributed this information in part to “police reluctance to engage with a more heavily armed civilian population.”

Shannon Watts, founding father of gun safety company Moms Demand Action, told Newsweek Tuesday that she was not surprised by the results of both analyses.

“The arms industry’s agenda for guns everywhere is part of the harmful extremism that we are seeing gripping the Republican Party,” she explained.

“By making gun-business income a public safety issue for their constituents and enacting strict legal policies like license-free supply that law enforcement officials may object to, MAGA Republicans have made it easier for criminals to get guns and… crime worsens. ”

Watts’ problems appear to reflect a developing sense of unease. According to a recent survey by Monmouth University, 51% of respondents ranked gun control as a key issue in the upcoming election. States With Relaxed Concealed Carry Laws See Rise in Violent Crime: Studies

Adam Bradshaw

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