Do Shall-Issue Laws Save Lives?

Lott, John R.
June 1998
American Journal of Public Health;Jun98, Vol. 88 Issue 6, p980
Academic Journal
The article presents the authors response on the criticism given to his paper about the shall-issue laws in Virginia. The largest recent gun control study examined only 170 cities within a single year. None of the previous studies even accounted for such obvious variables as arrest or conviction rates. Strong evidence associates the number of concealed handguns to decrease violent crime rates and fewer deaths. The author's work examined crime rates over 16 years across 3054 counties in the U.S. It accounted for changes in arrests and convictions, detailed county demographies, drug prices,and general variables such as unemployment, income, and poverty.


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