Murder rates drop as concealed carry permits soar: report

by THE WASHINGTON TIMES  |  published on July 15, 2015

The number of concealed carry handgun permits has skyrocketed since President Obama was first elected, while murder rates have fallen, according to a new report released Wednesday.

Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits has soared from 4.6 million to over 12.8 million, and murder rates have fallen from 5.6 killings per 100,000 people to just 4.2, about a 25 percent drop, according to the report from the Crime Prevention Research Center.

And the number of permits issued is increasing faster every year. Over 1.7 million new permits were issued last year — a 15.4 percent increase over 2013, the largest such single-year jump ever, according to the report from the center led by President John R. Lott and research director John E. Whitley.

  • Seedman

    Tell skunk Obama and the progressive, unconstitutional Democratic party. They seem to think The Second Amendment should not exist.

  • bobnstuff

    One could say that this proves that gun registration works. Making people get a permit to carry a gun reduces murders. It would not be true but you could read the data that way just like they are saying having people carrying guns decreases the murder rate. Most people who are murdered know the person that kills them, this isn’t strangers walking up to someone and shooting them.
    Also people saying they feel safer doesn’t mean they are safer with a gun in their home, when in fact most studies show just the reverse that having a gun in the house make you anywhere from 4 to 6 times more likely to be shoot. I think permitted gun carrying is great and those people who have permits are truly doing the right thing if they have a need for protection. I have a problem with the nut job I saw in Home Depot the other day in what looked like PJ’s with a gun on his hip.

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