Right-to-carry concealed weapon laws and homicide in large U.S. counties: The effect on weapon types, victim characteristics, and victim-offender relationships
Olson, D. E.
Maltz, M. D.
Publication: Journal of Law & Economics
Topics: Gun Carrying Homicide Legislation and Policy
Keywords: "Shall issue" laws concealed firearms concealed weapon carrying firearm laws right-to-carry laws
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Analyzing data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports, the authors test a previous study’s assertion that laws allowing concealed handguns (“shall-issue” or “right-to-carry” laws) led to a decrease in homicide rates. They also find a decrease in total homicide rates associated with the passage of right-to-carry laws, although they find a lower firearm homicide rate and higher non-firearm homicide rate than the Lott and Mustard study. Unlike the previous study, they find that a greater proportion of women and lesser proportion of men account for firearm homicides with the laws’ passage. Likewise, the authors’ data indicate both a greater increase in gun homicides committed by someone known to the victim and decrease in gun homicides by a stranger as a result of the laws.
Olson, D. E., & Maltz, M. D. (2001). Right-to-carry concealed weapon laws and homicide in large U.S. counties: The effect on weapon types, victim characteristics, and victim-offender relationships. Journal of Law & Economics, 44(2), 747-770.
Olson, D. E., and M. D. Maltz. "Right-to-Carry Concealed Weapon Laws and Homicide in Large U.S. Counties: The Effect on Weapon Types, Victim Characteristics, and Victim-Offender Relationships." Journal of Law & Economics 44.2 (2001): 747-70.