In a real life demonstration of scholar John Lott's maxim "more guns, less crime," violent crime has dropped in Virginia as gun ownership has increased...
Gun crime drops in VA as gun sales riseRichmond Times-Dispatch http://www.timesdispatch.com/news/state-regional/va-gun-crime-drops-again-as-firearm-sales-soar/article_a9a3cd36-dc50-5192-9b97-e14258e6168a.html See a searchable database of gun sales in Virginia at TimesDispatch.com, search: gun sales.
A study looked at data collected by the State Police during background checks from 2006 to 2012.
From 2006 to 2012, firearms sales in Virginia rose 101 percent while gun-related crime dropped 28 percent.
Even if one eliminates shotguns and rifles (which are rarely used to commit crimes and could distort the more relevant numbers), handgun purchases increased by 112 percent from 2006 to 2011 while violent crimes committed with those same weapons fell 22 percent.
Virginia Sees Gun Sales Climb, Gun Crime Fall
From National Review Online: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/355141/virginia-sees-gun-sales-climb-gun-crime-fall-sterling-beard
When firearms sales in the Old Dominion rose by 16 percent from 2011 to 2012, gun crime dropped 5 percent, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Via Fox News.
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