So-called “right-to-carry” gun laws are associated with higher rates of aggravated assault, rape, robbery and murder, according to a recently released Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University study.
For decades, gun rights supporters and foes have debated whether laws that allow more people to have guns create an environment where less crime is committed.
All 50 states have laws allowing certain concealed weapons in public.
Researchers expanded on a 2004 National Research Council study that covered county-level crime data between 1977 and 2000, adding in six additional years of county information and state-level data from 1979-2010.
“Our analysis of admittedly imperfect gun aggravated assaults provides suggestive evidence that RTC laws may be associated with large increases in this crime, perhaps increasing such gun assaults by almost 33 percent,” researchers wrote.
The study also found that homicide rates increased in eight states that adopted right-to-carry laws between 1999 and 2010.
Read the fully study HERE.