Statistical Impact of "Right To Carry" Laws

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    Statistical Impact of \"Right To Carry\" Laws

    * Right-to-carry laws require law enforcement agencies to issue handgun permits to all qualified applicants. Qualifications include criteria such as age, a clean criminal record, and completing a firearm safety course. (13)

    * In 1986, nine states had right-to-carry laws. (14)

    * As of 1998, 31 states have right-to-carry laws, and about half the U.S. population lives in these states. (3)

    * In 1996, Dr. John R. Lott of the University of Chicago Law School published the results of a crime study conducted using FBI data for all 3,045 U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992. (15)

    * The study sought to answer the question, \"What happens to crime when states adopt right-to-carry laws?\" (15)

    * Between 1977 and 1992, 10 states adopted right-to-carry laws. Dr. Lott\'s study found that the implementation of these laws created:
    -- no change in suicide rates,
    -- a .5% rise in accidental firearm deaths,
    -- a 5% decline in rapes,
    -- a 7% decline in aggravated assaults,
    -- and an 8% decline in murder

    for the 10 states that adopted these laws between 1977 and 1992. (7)

    * Using 1995 numbers, this amounts to:

    -- 1 more accidental gun death,
    -- 316 less murders,
    -- 939 less rapes,
    -- and 14,702 less aggravated assaults

    in these 10 states annually. (16)

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