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Argument: When citizens carry concealed weapons, criminals fear committing crimes

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This argument rests on the premise that criminals, without the knowledge of who possesses or does not possess a gun in a concealed-carry country or state, will be generally uncertain and fearful of the immediate repurcussions of their criminal acts. Criminals must consider that any adult they encounter presents a risk (to the criminal) of armed self-defense. This is argued to have a significant deterrent effect on criminals' willingness to commit crime in the first place (particularly property crime), or it may cause a criminal to opt to move to a state or country with more stringent laws, possibly where open-carry laws exist, and where the criminal can better calculate the risks accompanying their criminality.[1]

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