Looser state concealed carry laws equal more gun deaths…

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….


All states allow concealed weapons. My point was about the definition of “gun deaths.” I believe it is important to differentiate suicides from homicides in the statistics. But there might be a correlation, without causation, in states that have the highest levels of legal gun ownership and suicide. A person who is white is far more likely to commit suicide than someone non-white, and that might account for why it appears that sparsely populated “red states” might have the most “gun deaths.” It doesn’t mean… Read more »

CG, Explain your theory in more detail. Are you suggesting that suicides are more common in states that allow concealed weapons? If so, why?


The whole “gun death” narrative tends to be a false one.

Suicides are horrible things that society should work to counter, but a suicide by gun is not the same thing as someone using a gun against another human.