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Guns and Crime

Carlisle E. Moody and Thomas B. Marvell
Southern Economic Journal
Vol. 71, No. 4 (Apr., 2005), pp. 720-736
DOI: 10.2307/20062076
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20062076
Page Count: 17
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Abstract

We estimate several models of handguns and crime based on state-level panel data for 1977-1998 using both General Social Survey data on gun availability and a new measure of handgun prevalence. We find that handguns have a negligible effect on crime. Apparently, there is either no causation between guns and crime, or a rough equilibrium between criminals who use guns in the commission of crime and ordinary citizens who use guns to defend themselves and deter crime.

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