Do Concealed Carry Permits Have Any Impact on Crime?

18 Pages Posted: 10 Nov 2016

Date Written: May 14, 2016


Charles D. Phillips, Texas A&M University School of Public Health, published a paper in 2015 entitled “Concealed Handgun Licensing and Crime in Four States.” He and his research team concluded that concealed handgun licensing had no beneficial effect on crime, and that the main driving force behind more people obtaining a license was the presence of federally licensed firearms dealers. However, there are a number of errors, assumptions, and miscalculations in his research that justify revisiting the question of the relationship between concealed carry laws and crime.

Keywords: Gun Control, Concealed Carry, Right-To-Carry, Self-Defense, Violent Crime, Property Crime

Suggested Citation

Nemerov, Howard Ross and Nemerov, Howard Ross, Do Concealed Carry Permits Have Any Impact on Crime? (May 14, 2016). Available at SSRN: or


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