Analysis finds slight decrease in gun violence in first year of Virginia’s guns-in-bars law

The number of gun crimes at Virginia bars and restaurants…

The number of gun crimes at Virginia bars and restaurants declined slightly during the first year of a new state law that allows people with permits to carry concealed firearms into establishments that serve alcohol.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports 145 such incidents in fiscal 2010-11, compared to 153 the previous year. That’s a 5.2 percent decrease.

Virginia’s bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.

The number of major crimes involving firearms at bars and restaurants statewide declined 5.2 percent from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, compared with the fiscal year before the law went into effect, according to crime data compiled by Virginia State Police at the newspaper’s request.

And overall, the crimes that occurred during the law’s first year were relatively minor, and few of the incidents appeared to involve gun owners with concealed-carry permits, the analysis found.

Source: The Associated Press; Mark Bowes for the Times Dispatch.

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