“Does Open Carry Increase Or Decrease Violence”

Someone stopped by searching for “does open carriy raise or lower crime rates.”

A number of States have passed enabling laws for open carry, and a dozzen have some form of Constitutional Carry,meaning you can carry openly or concealed without a permit. Arizona is one of the latter, and passed Constitutional carry very late in 2010:

Evem wotj ots crps bprder vop;emt cor,e. Constitutional carry has shaved the murder rate very substantially. The problem comes when you try to quantify how much each of the two forms of carry have cut crime.

From what we can tell, open carry shaves a tenth of a point or so off the homicide rate, as well as cutting other forms of violent rime.

That makes open carry just one more tool in the good guy’s fight against violenct.


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