A new study on Michigan drivers, conducted by John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center, has found that those without concealed-carry permits were 12.2 percent more likely to break the law.
Lott was in part responding to research conducted by the anti-gun publication The Trace, which attempted to establish that higher rates of gun ownership corresponded to a greater number of road-rage incidents. “Michael Bloomberg’s The Trace didn’t actually look at the behavior of permit holders, and they didn’t look at all the convictions for reckless or dangerous driving,” he explained to FOX News. “Looking at news articles on road-rage incidents may only tell you what the media is interested at during any point in time. By contrast, we have data on how permit and non-permit holders actually drive.”
Compared to permit holders, Lott’s study showed that non-permit holders were 2.4 times more likely to drive drunk and 10.6 times more likely to drive recklessly.