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Not All Right-to-Carry Laws Are the Same, Yet Much of the Literature Keeps Ignoring the Differences

15 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2014 Last revised: 13 Aug 2016

John R. Lott Jr.

Crime Prevention Research Center

Date Written: September 5, 2014

Abstract

Unfortunately, many who have examined the impact of so-called "shall-issue" or "right-to-carry" laws assume that the adoption of such laws causes a large, immediate increase in the number of permits. But that is often not the case, for states differ widely as to how easily permits can be obtained. This problem is particularly problematic for studies that have looked at the period after 2000. In fact, the share of the adult population with permits increased less during the 1999-2010 period in the states that adopted right-to-carry laws than the states that they are being compared against.

Keywords: right to carry laws, concealed carry, gun control

JEL Classification: K00, K14

Suggested Citation

Lott, John R., Not All Right-to-Carry Laws Are the Same, Yet Much of the Literature Keeps Ignoring the Differences (September 5, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2524729 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2524729

John Lott (Contact Author)

Crime Prevention Research Center ( email )

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