Crime, Deterrence, and Right‐to‐Carry Concealed Handguns

@article{JohnRLott1997CrimeDA,
  title={Crime, Deterrence, and Right‐to‐Carry Concealed Handguns},
  author={Jr. John R. Lott and David B. Mustard},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  year={1997},
  volume={26},
  pages={1 - 68}
}
Using cross‐sectional time‐series data for U.S. counties from 1977 to 1992, we find that allowing citizens to carry concealed weapons deters violent crimes, without increasing accidental deaths. If those states without right‐to‐carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, county‐ and state‐level data indicate that approximately 1,500 murders would have been avoided yearly. Similarly, we predict that rapes would have declined by over 4,000, robbery by over 11,000, and aggravated… Expand
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