I’m simply going to quote from the abstract of this study, grinning smugly all the while:
The purpose of the present study is to determine the effects of state-level assault weapons bans and concealed weapons laws on state-level murder rates. Using data for the period 1980 to 2009 and controlling for state and year fixed effects, the results of the present study suggest that states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states. It was also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. The results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably Lott and Mustard (1997).
I’ll then turn it over to Ed Morrissey at our sister site HotAir.com to continue the mockery and pull out some plum data points that suggest that restrictive “may issue” states are getting their citizens murdered.
The good news is that the last no issue state, Illinois, is primed to start issuing concealed carry permits, so Chicago might be a little less “murdery” in coming years.
We can hope anyway.