Comments on Branas et al. 2009 Study of Self-Protective Values of Firearms

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Gary Kleck

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date Written: September 28, 2009

Abstract

Branas et al. claimed to have found that gun possession does not confer any protective value on the possessor. This paper explains why the conclusion was wrong, and notes that the authors' did not generate any evidence that was even relevant to the topic. Instead, their findings merely confirm the already established fact that many of the same factors that put people at risk of being violently victimized also motivate some of them to acquire guns for self-protection. More relevant research has consistently found that crime victims who use guns for self-protection are less likely to be injured or lose property.

Keywords: firearms, self-protection

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Kleck, Gary, Comments on Branas et al. 2009 Study of Self-Protective Values of Firearms (September 28, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3084700 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3084700

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