The Impact of “Shall-Issue” Concealed Handgun Laws on Violent Crime Rates

  title={The Impact of “Shall-Issue” Concealed Handgun Laws on Violent Crime Rates},
  author={Tomislav Victor Kovandzic and Thomas B. Marvell and Lynne M. Vieraitis},
  journal={Homicide Studies},
  pages={292 - 323}
What happens when states ease access to permits to carry concealed handguns in public places? Supporters maintain the laws can reduce violent crime rates by raising the expected costs of crime, because of criminals anticipating greater risks of injury and lower rates of success completing their crimes. Opponents argue that the laws are likely to increase violent crime, especially homicide, as heated disputes involving permit holders are more likely to turn deadly because of the greater… Expand
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