The Effect of Permissive Gun Laws on Crime

Substantial evidence has documented a powerful “instrumentality” effect: the more lethal the weaponry employed, the greater the likelihood that death will result from any given assault. This finding provides the foundation for the subsequent findings that a variety of...

More Gun Carrying, More Violent Crime

Carlisle Moody and Thomas Marvell (2018) have offered a number of criticisms of some older work on the impact of RTC laws on crime, while ignoring the recent literature that has found a strong connection between such laws and violent crime and/or murder (Siegel et al....

Laws Facilitating Gun Carrying and Homicide

In “Easiness of Legal Access to Concealed Firearm Permits and Homicide Rates in the United States,” Siegel et al. (p. 1923) estimate the impact of right-tocarry (RTC) laws on murders over the period from 1991 to 2015. They advance the current literature in a number of...

A Panel-based Proxy for Gun Prevalence in the US

There is a consensus that the proportion of suicides committed with a firearm is the best proxy for gun ownership prevalence. Cerqueira et al. (2108) exploit the socioeconomic characteristics of suicide victims in order to develop a new and more refined proxy. It is...
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