Do Right-to-Carry Laws Deter Violent Crime?

John R. Lott and David B. Mustard conclude that right‐to‐carry laws deter violent crime. Our reanalysis of Lott and Mustard’s data provides no basis for drawing confident conclusions about the impact of right‐to‐carry laws on violent crime. We document that...

More Guns, More Crime

This paper examines the relationship between gun ownership and crime. Previous research has suffered from a lack of reliable data on gun ownership. I exploit a unique data set to reliably estimate annual rates of gun ownership at both the state and the county levels...

Stand Your Ground Laws, Homicides, and Injuries

This paper examines the impact of Stand Your Ground laws on firearm homicides and injuries. Using state level monthly data and a difference-in-difference identification strategy, we find that these laws result in an increase in homicides. According to our estimates,...