This book examines the question of whether increased access to guns by private citizens decreases crime levels.
This third edition of More Guns Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, examines the question of whether increased access to guns by private citizens decreases crime levels. The author uses data compiled by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, to analyze the effect that concealed carry and gun-control laws have on crime rates. Following an introductory chapter that discusses the debate between gun control and crime rates, are nine chapters in which the author presents evidence to support the argument that more access to guns and the use of concealed carry laws can reduce crime rates: Chapter 2 - How to Test the Effects of Gun Control; Chapter 3 - Gun Ownership, Gun Laws, and the Data on Crime; Chapter 4 - Concealed-Handgun Laws and Crime Rates: The Empirical Evidence; Chapter 5 - The Victims and the Benefits from Protection; Chapter 6 - What Determines Arrest Rates and the Passage of Concealed-Handgun Laws; Chapter 7 - The Political and Academic Debate by 1998; Chapter 8 - Some Final Thoughts (1998); Chapter 9 - Updating the Results in 2000; and Chapter 10 - A Decade Later: Nine More Years of Data and Nine More States. The updated information in the book covers changes to gun storage laws, multiple victim shootings, and regulations pertaining to gun shows and assault weapons. Tables, figures, appendixes, notes, and bibliography
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