Myths About Defensive Gun Use and Permissive Gun Carry Laws

Such studies include a 1998 study by economist John Lott, Jr. and a study by criminologists Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz. The argument by Lott and other proponents of permissive gun-carrying laws is that if more people could legally carry guns in public spaces, criminal...

The Factual Foundation for Certain Key Assumptions of Gun Control

The case for legal restrictions on gun ownership and use as a strategy for reducing criminal violence relies on factual assumptions about the nature of gun ownership and violent behavior. Five of the most crucial ones are identified and subjected to a comparison with...

Gun Self-Defense and Deterrence

Recent research on the prevalence of defensive gun use has prompted growing concern that government efforts to regulate gun ownership and use may be counterproductive. Estimates of defensive gun use from the National Crime Victimization Survey (on the order of 100,000...