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Executive Summary Loosen restrictions on handguns There is currently much debate surrounding the issue of gun control Much of this debate is centered around the nondiscretionary concealed-handgun laws also known as conceal and carry laws that have become increasingly popular Proponents of concealed handgun laws state that the laws lower the rate of violent crime while detractors claim that raising the number of guns in society can only raise the crime rate The question of whether or not these laws raise the rate of violent crime and handgun-related injuries has also been raised Currently thirty-one states have enacted nondiscretionary laws and there are substantial statistics available regarding the crime rates both before and after the passing of these laws Several researchers have used this data to determine the costs and benefits associated with nondiscretionary laws Of particular note among these studies is one conducted by John R Lott Jr of the University of Chicago Using complex multiple regression models Lott was able to determine the following benefits to society gained by implementing nondiscretionary laws Gains to the Welfare of Society Violent crime rates would fall by the following - murder reduced 8 - rape reduced 5 - aggravated assaults reduced 7 For 1992 this would result in - 1400 fewer murders - 4200 fewer rapes - 60000 fewer aggravated assaults When monetary values are assigned to these values society saves - 42 billion from murder - 347 million from rape - 14 billion from aggravated assault Implications There are increases in the rates of property crime associated with nondiscretionary concealed-handgun laws but these increases are very small when compared with the gains made from reductions in violent crime No significant effects on the number of handgun-related accidents were noted in Lotts study As demonstrated in studies such as Lotts implementing nondiscretionary concealed-handgun laws increases the welfare of society by decreasing the number of violent crimes
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