Fifty Years of Waiting for a Handgun in California: Did it Work?

7 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2015 Last revised: 16 Feb 2016

Date Written: April 28, 2015

Abstract

Does California’s handgun waiting period have any rational basis based on public safety? This paper reviews the existing criminological literature as well as examines the relationship between handgun waiting periods and California murder rates and concludes that there is no evidence to support any claim that handgun waiting periods reduce murder rates, and at least a plausible argument that they increase murder rates.

Suggested Citation

Cramer, Clayton E., Fifty Years of Waiting for a Handgun in California: Did it Work? (April 28, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2600148 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2600148

Clayton E. Cramer (Contact Author)

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

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