Not surprising at all….
States that have more relaxed criteria for allowing residents to carry concealed handguns have a higher rate of gun deaths than states with stricter requirements, according to a study released Thursday.
Researchers at the Boston University School of Public Health found that states that have so-called “may issue” laws — which give law enforcement officials wide discretion to decide who can receive a concealed carry permit — have lower gun death rates than states that call for little discretion once basic criteria for obtaining the permit is met, also known as “shall issue” laws.
The study found that states with “shall issue” laws had handgun homicide rates that were 10.6 percent higher than “may issue” states. Additionally, “shall issue” states had firearm homicide rates that were 8.6 percent higher and overall homicide rates that were 6.5 percent higher than “may issue” states.
On opposite ends of the spectrum, Louisiana, a shall-issue state, had a firearm homicide rate of 9.96 per 100,000 residents in 2015; Hawaii, a may-issue state, had a firearm homicide rate of 0.75 per 100,000 residents in 2015….