States that restrict concealed weapons have higher gun-related murder rates, according to research by Quinnipiac economist

States with restrictions on carrying concealed weapons had higher gun-related murder rates than other states, according to new research by Mark Gius, a professor of economics in the School of Business and Engineering at Quinnipiac University.

Gius’ study, “An Examination of the Effects of Concealed Weapons Laws and Assault Weapons Bans on State-Level Murder Rates,” published in the latest issue of the academic journal, “Applied Economics Letters,” also found that assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level. These results also suggest that restrictive concealed weapons laws may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level. Gius used data for the period from 1980 to 2009 for the study.

Gius said the results of this study are consistent with some prior research in this area, most notably by John R. Lott., Jr. and David B. Mustard, who published “Crime, Deterrence and Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns,” in 1997.

If you’re interested in speaking to Gius, please contact John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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