. which had the longest training requirement for permit holders, has cut its training requirement in half to eight hours. Texas
has now also exempted certain people from even having to get training. On top of this, Alaska, which had also had one of the three longest training requirements, just recently entirely eliminated the training necessary to get a permit.
The research in More Guns, Less Crime indicates that the main effect of longer training periods has been to reduce the number of people with permits. States with longer training periods have had smaller drops in violent crime rates as a result of fewer people being able to defend themselves and deter attackers. I know of no evidence that increased training is associated with reductions in accidental gun deaths. The only benefit is that increased training is associated with a somewhat larger reduction in multiple victim public shootings. However, since this is such a small share of total murders and since the effect of more training is associated fewer permits and more murders, the net effect of longer training requirements is increased crime even in this case.