The Effect of Right-to-Carry Laws on Crime Rates: A Critique of the Research of Donohue et al.
40 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 23, 2021
John Donohue and his colleagues assessed the impact of "right-to-carry" (RTC) laws on crime rates. These laws make it easier to get a carry permit. Donohue et al. claim that their analysis indicates that, contrary to what nearly all other researchers have found, these laws increase violent crime. This paper presents a critical analysis of the research by Donohue et al., and shows that their conclusions are unwarranted.
Keywords: gun carry laws, right-to-carry laws
JEL Classification: K
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