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Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Issues Policy Brief on Right-to-Carry Gun Laws

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, in partnership with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, released a policy brief on Nov. 16 that puts forth facts related to concealed gun carrying in public spaces. It also contains new polling data that show more than 80 percent of gun owners and 83 percent of Republicans want higher safety standards for concealed carry.

This brief coincides with bills recently introduced in both houses of Congress (H.R. 38; S.B. 446) that would mandate concealed carry reciprocity.

Currently, each state has its own rules about which carry permits, if any, from other states it will honor. But under concealed carry reciprocity, for example, Maryland — a state that allows public safety officials to use some discretion to issue or deny a concealed carry permit — would be required to honor a permit granted by the state of Utah — a state that grants permits without discretion, even to out-of-state residents.

The policy brief addresses a number of arguments that supporters of right-to-carry (RTC) laws in general, and concealed carry reciprocity in particular, make in support of these laws. The policy brief corrects these assumptions, and puts forward the following conclusions, supported by public health research:

Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, discussed the policy brief findings on NPR’s All Things Considered on Nov. 16.

Policy brief