Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis

  title={Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis},
  author={Ian Ayres and John J. Donohue},
  journal={Law \& Economics: Public Law (Topic)},
John Lott and David Mustard have used regression analysis to argue forcefully that 'shall-issue' laws (which give citizens an unimpeded right to secure permits for concealed weapons) reduce violent crime. While certain facially plausible statistical models appear to generate this conclusion, more refined analyses of more recent state and county data undermine the more guns, less crime hypothesis. The most robust finding on the state data is that certain property crimes rise with passage of… Expand
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