Concealed guns don’t mean more safety


OREGONLIVE.COM: Texas A&M study disputes a favorite argument from gun proponents.

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OREGONLIVE.COM: Texas A&M study disputes a favorite argument from gun proponents.

“The idea that concealed handguns lead to less crime is at the center of much firearms legislation, but the science behind that conclusion has been murky,” Texas A&M health sciences professor Charles D. Phillips said in a university release.

Phillips and his research team have attempted to clear away the murkiness by analyzing crime data county by county rather than by simply looking at crime rates before and after concealed-carry legislation has been enacted, the latter being what many previous studies have done. Phillips’ team studied data from 500 counties in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Texas.

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