Murder rates drop as more states allow concealed carry permits


A dramatic spike within the variety of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, based on a brand new examine, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more weapons can imply safer streets.

The examine by the Crime Prevention Research Center discovered that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 p.c enhance has come even as each homicide and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 p.c.

Between 2007 and the preliminary estimates for 2013, homicide rates have fallen from 5.6 to 4.Four per 100,000.

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