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Murder Rate Drops as Concealed Carry Permits Rise, Study Claims

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Jul 10 2014 11:20 AM

A dramatic spike in the number of Americans with permits to carry concealed weapons coincides with an equally stark drop in violent crime, according to a new study, which Second Amendment advocates say makes the case that more guns can mean safer streets.

The study by the Crime Prevention Research Center found that 11.1 million Americans now have permits to carry concealed weapons, up from 4.5 million in 2007. The 146 percent increase has come even as both murder and violent crime rates have dropped by 22 percent.

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