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NCJ Number: 220813 Find in a Library
Title: Rebuilding at Gunpoint: A City-Level Re-Estimation of the Brady Law and RTC Laws in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina
Journal: Criminal Justice Policy Review  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:December 2007  Pages:451-465
Author(s): James M. LaValle
Date Published: December 2007
Page Count: 15
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study revises the current knowledge of the effects two of the most common gun interventions, the Brady Law and “right to carry” (RTC) laws, may exert on gun homicide rates and total homicide rates.
Abstract: The Brady Law is found to exert a slight but statistically significant effect on both outcomes whereas “right to carry” (RTC) laws fail to exert statistically significant deterrent effects on either outcome, gun homicide rates or total homicide rates, and both results provisionally contradict earlier gun-policy outcome research. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina saw a sharp spike in gun-violence, which necessarily re-focused criminological research on the persistent question of how best to prevent gun-related violence. However, a review by a National Academy of Science Research Council strongly suggests that previous research evaluating gun policy outcomes may be unacceptably flawed methodologically, casting significant doubt on the validity of the results. The research in this study adjusts for those flaws to revise the current knowledge of the effects two common gun interventions, the Brady Law and RTC laws might exert on both gun homicide rates and total homicide rates. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Gun Control
Index Term(s): Gun control legislation; Homicide; Homicide trends
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