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March 1, 2000

Violence Prevention and Concealed Weapons Laws

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(9):1137-1138. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1137

To the Editor: In his article on firearm violence prevention, Dr Wintemute1 inaccurately describes the research on laws regarding concealed handguns and other gun laws. Wintemute declares that "Laws requiring concealed weapon permits to be issued essentially on demand were associated with a modest decrease in violent crime in 1 study, but substantial flaws in that work have been identified. Other studies have found opposite effects." There are 3 major mistakes in these 2 sentences. Fourteen studies have found that concealed handgun laws reduce violent crime,2-5 only a few of the academic analysts who have looked at the national data have criticized my research, and no national study has found a significant adverse effect of right-to-carry laws. (The references to the other research are available from me upon request.)