An Analysis of State Gun Control Laws and their Effect on Violent Crime
Gray, Andrew J.
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This thesis investigates the effects of gun-control laws on the violent crime rates in each state in the United States, by using a cross-sectional and longitudinal design to analyze states during the time-periods of 2000-2001 and 2010-2011. Gun-control laws are and have continued to be an important, but emotional, political issue in the United States. This thesis explores differences each states’ gun-control legislation, changes in legislation over a ten-year time period, the effect social and economic variables have on violent crime, and brief synopsis on the history of gun-control in the united states.