Researcher Admits Massachusetts’ Severe Gun-Control Laws Aren’t Stopping Crimes

Researcher Admits Massachusetts’ Severe Gun-Control Laws Aren’t Stopping Crimes

How much does crime go down when the avid gun-control crowd gets what they want? It turns out, not much—if at all. Massachusetts already had some of the strictest anti-Second Amendment laws in the nation , including requiring ID cards to purchase, magazine capacity limits and bans on certain AR-type rifles and accessories, background checks for private sales, fines for not reporting stolen firearms, and much more. As a may-issue state, local law enforcement has complete discretion over who can and cannot lawfully carry a concealed firearm. Nevertheless, according to one academic who studied the impact, all those rights-infringing laws did little to curb crime. Dr. Janice Iwama, an assistant professor of justice, law, and criminology at American University in Washington, D.C., looked at the effects on criminal activity in the two years following passage of new laws and concluded there was “no immediate impact on violent crimes.” To measure effects of the Massachusetts laws, Iwama pulled records from a statewide database of gun licenses and transfers, and compared them against the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports to find any reductions in common categories of violent crime. Her results showed “no significant association found between murder, rape or aggravated assault and the passage of the 2014 Massachusetts gun legislation.” There was a measurable effect in robberies—but not the one they were looking for. “For every one percentage point rise in denied licenses and denied licenses due to unsuitability,” Iwama writes, “robberies increased by 7.3% and 8.9%, respectively.” In other words, […]

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