Title

Citizen, Defend Thyself: An Individual-Level Analysis of Concealed-Weapon Permit Holders

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2009

Publication Source

Criminal Justice Studies: A Critical Journal of Crime, Law and Society

Abstract

Research on right‐to‐carry laws and subsequent crime reduction has relied heavily on the use of econometric models relying on aggregate‐level data. We examine the underlying individual‐level motivations for obtaining a concealed-weapon permit utilizing a survey of permit holders and citizens in New Orleans. Employing a multi‐level modeling strategy, we simultaneously examine individual‐level characteristics along with contextual effects, specifically the neighborhood violent crime rate. In sum, we find little evidence to support the supposition that concealed-weapon permits are utilized by those most likely to be at risk for violent crime victimization.

Inclusive pages

73-89

ISBN/ISSN

1478-601X

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

22

Issue

1

Peer Reviewed

yes