The Decision to Carry

@article{Depew2019TheDT,
  title={The Decision to Carry},
  author={Briggs Depew and Isaac D. Swensen},
  journal={The Journal of Human Resources},
  year={2019},
  volume={54},
  pages={1121 - 1153}
}
Despite persistent debate on the role of concealed-carry legislation, decisions to legally carry concealed handguns are not well understood. Using detailed data on concealed-carry permit applications, we explore whether individuals apply for concealed-carry permits in response to crime. We find that recent homicides increase applications in areas relatively near to the incident. The effects are driven by gun-related homicides and are more pronounced for white, male, and Republican applicants… Expand
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