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

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Gary Kleck

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date Written: March 23, 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Kleck, Gary, The Effect of Right-to-Carry Laws on Crime Rates: A Critique of the Research of Donohue et al. (March 23, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3810840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3810840

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