STUDY: States With Restrictive Gun Laws Have Much Higher Gun Murder Rates. Federal "Assault Weapon" Ban Was A Disaster.

The academic journal Applied Economics Letters isn’t exactly know for writing viral headlines for its articles, which is perhaps why Quinnipiac University’s Mark Gius’s An examination of the effects of concealed weapons laws and assault weapons bans on state-level murder rates isn’t being shouted from the rooftops by every gun owner in the land.


It’s a very short paper, with stunning conclusions (my bold):

Results are presented on Table 1. The CCW dummy variable is significant and positive, but the assault weapons ban is insignificant. Given that the average gun-related murder rate over the period in question was 3.44, the results of the present study indicate that states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher. In addition, the Federal assault weapons ban is significant and positive, indicating that murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal ban was in effect. These results corroborate the findings of Lott and Mustard (1997). These results suggest that, even after controlling for unobservable state and year fixed effects, limiting the ability to carry concealed weapons may cause murder rates to increase. There may, however, be other explanations for these results. Laws may be ineffective due to loopholes and exemptions. The most violent states may also have the toughest gun control measures. Further research is warranted in this area.

Yes, you read that correctly.

States that have restrictive “may issue” or “no issue” concealed carry laws between 1980-2009 had a 10% higher gun murder rate than those states that required no permit at all, or who had “shall issue” permitting.

Restrictive concealed carry laws appear to lead to more deaths.

The study also found that the gun murder rate was almost 20% higher during the abortion that was the 1994 “Assault Weapon” ban.


This is the federal law that  “blue state” citizen control cultists are attempting to replicate with laws passed in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. These state level “assault weapon” bans have resulted in no decline in gun murders (which makes sense, since “assault weapons” make up a small fraction of all gun crimes). It’s also worth noting that the “assault weapon” bans in these states, particularly those requiring registration, have manufactured criminals out of hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of gun owners who refuse to comply with what they feel is a blatantly unconstitutional infringement upon the very arms of contemporary military utility that the Founding Fathers meant to protect when they authored the Second Amendment.

29 years of data—one of the longest periods studied in any study to date regarding “assault weapons” or concealed carry laws—strongly suggests that restrictive gun control enables murderers at the expense of the safety of law-abiding citizens.

Whose side are these citizen control cultists on, anyway?

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