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Right-To-Carry States See More Fatal Workplace Shootings

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Ryan Lindsay
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Connecticut Public Radio

States that allow residents to carry a concealed firearm generally see more workplace homicides committed with guns, according to a new study from Eastern Connecticut State University.

Researchers analyzed 25 states that adopted the legislation between 1992 and 2017, and those states saw an average increase of 24% in the rates of workplace homicides committed with a firearm after the laws took effect. 

Thirteen of those states experienced a significant rise in such homicides after passing right-to-carry laws between 1992 and 2017: Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Southern states generally experienced the most fatal workplace shootings, with rates that exceeded the national average.

The research also points to a shift in motives for the fatal shootings, from robberies to violence stemming from incidents like arguments between current or former co-workers and domestic violence. 

In 2015, 43% of female workplace homicides were committed by intimate partners or relatives.

The study was published in The American Journal of Public Health.

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