An economic analysis of guns, crime, and gun control

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An economic analysis of guns, crime, and gun control

Category: Crime, Firearm Availability, Firearm Policies|Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice (full text)|Author: J McDonalda|Year: 1999

A model is posited in which guns are demanded for recreation, self-protection, or criminal purposes, and in which crime is supplied. Crime rates influence guns demanded for self-protection, and guns demanded by criminals depend upon guns held by law-abiding citizens. Comparative static analysis was used to investigate the effects of crime and gun control policies, including laws that permit citizens to carry concealed handguns for self-protection.

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