Study shows that right-to-carry laws have spurred an increase in violent crime

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

It’s an article of faith among some firearms enthusiasts that more guns equal less crime.

Indeed, that theory has been a cornerstone of the political argument in favor of laws allowing ordinary citizens to carry weapons in most public places.

But research by Stanford University  law professor John Donohue and his colleagues has concluded that  more guns equal more crime.

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“The totality of the evidence based on educated judgments about the best statistical models suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with substantially higher rates” of aggravated assault, robbery, rape and murder, Donohue said in an interview with the Stanford Report. The evidence suggests that right-to-carry laws are associated with an 8 percent increase in the incidence of aggravated assault, according to Donohue. He says this number is likely a floor, and that some statistical methods show an increase of 33 percent in aggravated assaults involving a firearm after the passage of right-to-carry laws.