History shows more guns do not make us safer | Letters

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In his recent letter (“New proof of ‘good guy with a gun’ theory?”), writer Robert H. Smith Jr. apparently believes that allowing more people to carry concealed handguns is in the public interest. Our nation’s history of gun violence suggests otherwise. Comparing states with “may-issue” laws for concealed-carry permits — the current New Jersey situation — to states with “shall-issue” laws that make permits easier to get, research reported in the American Journal of Public Health in 2017 found that in the states with the less restrictive laws, handgun homicides were 10.6% higher. New Jersey, wh…

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