General Detterence Through Civilian Gun Ownership: An Evaluation of the Quasi-Experimental Evidence

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General Detterence Through Civilian Gun Ownership: An Evaluation of the Quasi-Experimental Evidence

Category: Crime, Defensive Gun Use, Firearm Availability|Journal: Criminology|Author: A Lizotte, B Wiersema, D McDowall|Year: 1991

It has often been argued that civilian firearm ownership acts as a deterrent to crime. Much of the support for this claim is based on incidents that have called attention to the prevalence of privately owned guns. We examined several such incidents and failed to find persuasive evidence of a deterrent effect.

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