Study Says Concealed Carry Permits Don’t Affect Crime
Supporters insist that allowing people to legally carry concealed handguns reduces crime, but that has not been the result in at least four states that have tried it, including Texas, according to a newly published academic study led by a Texas A&M researcher.
No, it doesn’t:
Researchers used two sources of data from 1998 to 2010: concealed handgun license information and arrest data from Uniform Crime Reports, which the FBI compiles nationwide to gauge arrests for serious crimes including homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and arson. (emphasis added-cb)
See what they did there? Instead of comparing violent crime rates to CCW licensing, they looked at only arrests for violent crimes. That allows them to ignore the fact that crime rates are the lowest in decades.
All they proved is that CCW licensing doesn’t make cops any better at finding and arresting perps. That’s actually a point for the RKBA side, since anti-CCW panic-mongers always shriek that CCW will bring back the Wild West. Apparently it doesn’t, or they’d have found a jump in concealed carriers being arrested.