8-17-16 – Study: Concealed Carry Permit Holders Most Law Abiding Citizens

by Rob Roper

A new study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2016, shows that people who hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm are the most law abiding citizens in the United States – even more law abiding per capita than the police!

What’s more, states that allow for concealed carry permits are significantly safer than those that don’t. States like Vermont, that allow for concealed carry without a permit (Constitutional right to carry) are safer even still. As the study states:

In 2014, the seven states that allowed concealed carry without a permit had much lower rates of murder and violent crime than did the seven jurisdictions with the lowest percentage of permit holders. Indeed, the murder rate was 31 percent lower in the states not requiring permits. The violent crime rate was 28 percent lower.

According to the FBI, Vermont is the currently the safest state in the Union in regard to violent and gun-related crime.

Since 2007, the number of concealed handgun permits issued throughout the country has grown to over 14.5 million – a 215% increase. This increase has corresponded with a significant decrease in violent crime and murder rates.

Between 2007 and 2015, murder rates fell from 5.6 to 4.7 (preliminary estimate) per 100,000. This represents a 16% drop. Overall violent crime fell by 18 percent.

Each one percentage point increase in rates of permit-holding is associated with a roughly 2.5 percent drop in the murder rate.

So, who’s applying for all of these concealed carry permits? Increasingly, women and minorities. As this study notes, in the states where gender data exists, the number of permits received by women is up 161% while just 85% for men.

So, as Vermont debates the possibility of eroding our Second Amendment (federal) and Article 16 (state) rights to bear arms, lets hope our politicians pay attention to the policies that are actually delivering safer communities for citizens, and not the hype driven by sensational media coverage.

Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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Eddie Cutler August 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Gun Sense is also funded by Michael Bloomberg to the tune of almost 1 million dollars in Vermont by his various AstroTurf organizations. They have never told the truth about how safe Vermont is and constantly go around the state trying to convince people their is a problem. We have a 225 year history and in all those years there has never been a firearm problem.


Jim Bulmer August 20, 2016 at 12:31 pm

Perhaps the Democrat running for governor should read these reports before going off on another wrong headed direction. Don’t hold your breath!! This is just one more of too many ideas which get pushed along regardless of the facts. Facts be darned, my mind’s made up.


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