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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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More Guns, Less Crime

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ISBN13: 9780226493633
ISBN: 0226493636
Published: June 2000
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

Does allowing people to own or carry guns deter violent crime? This text aims to present a comprehensive data analysis, and comes to the conclusion that more guns means less crime. The book uses a wide range of sources, including the FBI's yearly crime figures for all US counties, national surveys on gun ownership and police documentation on illegal gun use. The unexpected findings suggest that many of the commonly held assumptions about gun control are incorrect. The author maintain that criminals generally respond to deterrents - as the risk and potential cost of crime rises, criminals commit fewer crimes.

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Preface 1: Introduction 2: How to Test the Effects of Gun Control 3: Gun Ownership, Gun Laws, and the Data on Crime 4: Concealed-Handgun Laws and Crime Rates: The Empirical Evidence 5: The Victims and the Benefits from Protection 6: What Determines Arrest Rates and the Passage of Concealed-Handgun Laws? 7: The Political and Academic Debate 8: Some Final Thoughts Appendixes Notes Bibliography Index