Do Right‐To‐Carry Laws Deter Violent Crime?

  title={Do Right‐To‐Carry Laws Deter Violent Crime?},
  author={Dan A. Black and Daniel S. Nagin},
  journal={The Journal of Legal Studies},
  pages={209 - 219}
John R. Lott and David B. Mustard conclude that right‐to‐carry laws deter violent crime. Our reanalysis of Lott and Mustard's data provides no basis for drawing confident conclusions about the impact of right‐to‐carry laws on violent crime. We document that their results are highly sensitive to small changes in their model and sample. Without Florida in the sample, there is no detectable impact of right‐to‐carry laws on the rate of murder and rape, the two crimes that by the calculations of… Expand
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