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The Debate on Right-to-Carry Concealed Weapons Laws

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  • Carlisle E. Moody

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    (Department of Economics, College of William and Mary)

  • Thomas B. Marvell

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    (Justec Research)

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    There are a large number of studies indicating that “shall-issue” laws reduce crime. Only one study, by Ayres and Donohue, implies that these laws lead to an overall increase in crime. We apply an improved version of the Ayres and Donohue methodology to a more complete data set. We find that Ayres and Donohue’s results, projected beyond five years, and our own analysis imply that shall-issue laws decrease crime and the costs of crime and are therefore socially beneficial.

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    Paper provided by Department of Economics, College of William and Mary in its series Working Papers with number 71.

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    Length: 32 pages
    Date of creation: 11 Feb 2008
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    Handle: RePEc:cwm:wpaper:71

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    Keywords: Crime; gun control; concealed carry laws;

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    1. John Donohue & Ian Ayres, . "The Latest Misfires in Support of the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis," Yale Law School John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy Working Paper Series yale_lepp-1010, Yale Law School John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy.
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