The Impact of Gun Laws on Police Deaths

33 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2001

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David B. Mustard

University of Georgia - C. Herman and Mary Virginia Terry College of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Georgia Law School

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Date Written: December 2000

Abstract

This paper uses state-level data from 1984-1996 to examine how right-to-carry laws and waiting periods affect police deaths. Many people oppose concealed carry laws because they believe these laws jeopardize law enforcement officials who risk their lives to protect the citizenry. This paper strongly rejects this contention. States that allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons have a slightly higher likelihood of having a felonious police death and slightly higher police death rates prior to the law. After enactment of the right-to-carry laws, states exhibit a reduced likelihood of having a felonious police death rate and slightly lower rates of police deaths. States that implement waiting periods have slightly lower felonious police death rates both before and after the law. Allowing law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons does not endanger the lives of officers, and may help reduce their risk of being killed.

Keywords: Crime, Concealed Carry, Shall Issue, Waiting Periods, Police Death

JEL Classification: K4

Suggested Citation

Mustard, David B., The Impact of Gun Laws on Police Deaths (December 2000). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=272143 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.272143

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