Right‐to‐Carry Concealed Weapon Laws and Homicide in Large U.S. Counties: The Effect on Weapon Types, Victim Characteristics, and Victim‐Offender Relationships*

  title={Right‐to‐Carry Concealed Weapon Laws and Homicide in Large U.S. Counties: The Effect on Weapon Types, Victim Characteristics, and Victim‐Offender Relationships*},
  author={David E. Olson and Michael D. Maltz},
  journal={The Journal of Law and Economics},
  pages={747 - 770}
Recently, a number of states have enacted laws that allow citizens to carry concealed weapons. This “natural experiment” was analyzed by John Lott and David Mustard, who found that these right‐to‐carry laws reduced violent crime, with a substitution toward property crimes, in those jurisdictions that adopted this law. Of particular importance, they found that homicide was reduced significantly, with even greater declines in larger jurisdictions. Their findings came at the same time that major… Expand
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