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Concealed carry permits do not appear to affect crime rates

AMARILLO, TX - A new study shows concealed carry permits don't affect crimes.

A study conducted by a Texas A&M researcher looked at concealed handgun license information and arrest data from the FBI from the years 1998 to 2011.

What he found is in the four states studied (Texas, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania), allowing people to legally carry concealed weapons neither increased nor reduced crime rates.

Overall the study found no connection at all between allowing concealed weapons and crime rates. 

David Erwin, local gun expert and owner of Erwin Pawn Inc, said this won't stop people from buying guns and applying for concealed handgun licenses.

He also said Amarillo at one point in time had the highest rate per capita of gun sales in the United States. Yet gun related crime in the area is relatively low.

The same can be said for West Texas A&M University, where starting in August, concealed handguns will be allowed on campus.

This study comes after the Texas legislature decided to allow concealed handguns on college campuses in the state.

Texas Tech will propose their plan for concealed carry on October 1, and WTAMU plans to start meeting with students to hear their opinions next month.

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