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Monday, July 20, 2009

VPC "Study" a Load of BS

This news release from the Violence Policy Center tries to make the claim that concealed handgun permit holders committed a number of crimes between 2007 and 2008. But, the so-called study is not even a scientific method.

Because most state systems allowing the carrying of concealed handguns in public by private citizens release little data about crimes committed by permit holders, the VPC reviewed shooting incidents as reported by news outlets. It is likely that the actual number of fatal criminal incidents involving concealed handgun permit holders is far higher.
They cherry pick incidents that will grab the most headlines and don't bother to provide context for the incidents or note that (if the incidents do involve individuals with CHPs) that the number is a fraction of number of total permit holders in the country.

Update: The Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner does a great job debunking this so-called study. Hat tip to VA-Alert.

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