States that Restrict Concealed Weapons have Higher Gun Related Murder Rates


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).

Quinnipiac is a private, coeducational, nonsectarian institution located 90 minutes north of New York City and two hours from Boston. The university enrolls 6,400 full-time undergraduate and 2,300 graduate students in 58 undergraduate and more than 20 graduate programs of study in its School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences, School of Law, Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, School of Nursing and College of Arts and Sciences. Quinnipiac consistently ranks among the top regional universities in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges issue. The 2014 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges named Quinnipiac as the top up-and-coming school with master’s programs in the Northern Region. Quinnipiac also is recognized in Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges.” The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Quinnipiac among the “Great Colleges to Work For.” For more information, please visit Connect with Quinnipiac on Facebook at and follow Quinnipiac on Twitter @QuinnipiacU.
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