Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns and Violent Crime: Crime Control Through Gun Decontrol?

  title={Right-to-Carry Concealed Handguns and Violent Crime: Crime Control Through Gun Decontrol?},
  author={Tomislav Victor Kovandzic and Thomas B. Marvell},
  journal={Criminology and public policy},
"Right-to-Carry" (RTC) concealed-handgun laws mandate that authorities issue concealed handgun permits to qualified applicants. A driving force behind these laws is that allowing more citizens to legally carry guns in public places can reduce violent crime by deterring prospective criminals afraid of encountering armed civilians. Critics of the laws argue that violent altercations are more likely to turn deadly when more people carry guns. Whether the laws cause violent crime to increase or to… Expand

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