The effect of concealed carry laws on weapons possession by offenders

Christopher Charles Hill, Fayetteville State University


Beginning in the late 1980s, concealed carry weapons (CCW) laws have been legislated throughout most of the United States. These laws were based on the theory of deterrence and the right to personal protection of concealed weapon permit holders. The research presented in this study examined the relationship between CCW laws and weapons possession by offenders through an assessment of data from the 1991 and 2004 Surveys of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities (U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1993). The hypothesis of this study was that CCW laws have increased weapons possession of criminals who commit violent crime. In general, the analysis showed that handgun usage by violent criminals did not increase after the enactment of CCW laws and that criminals primarily used guns for the purposes of self- protection and to evade arrest following the commission of a crime. ^

Subject Area

Law|Sociology, Criminology and Penology

Recommended Citation

Hill, Christopher Charles, "The effect of concealed carry laws on weapons possession by offenders" (2010). ETD Collection for Fayetteville State University. AAI1498901.