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Monday, April 19, 2021

Kleck on The Effect of Right-to-Carry Laws on Crime Rates

Gary Kleck (Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice) has posted The Effect of Right-to-Carry Laws on Crime Rates: A Critique of the Research of Donohue et al. on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
John Donohue and his colleagues assessed the impact of "right-to-carry" (RTC) laws on crime rates. These laws make it easier to get a carry permit. Donohue et al. claim that their analysis indicates that, contrary to what nearly all other researchers have found, these laws increase violent crime. This paper presents a critical analysis of the research by Donohue et al., and shows that their conclusions are unwarranted.

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