Publication Date
August 10, 2022
K. Alexander Adams
permitless carry, concealed carry, constitutional carry, firearms, murder
Nearly half of U.S. states no longer require a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public. Proponents of permitless carry argue they may serve to deter violence; opponents claim that, by making it easier to carry firearms, violence will increase. This paper tests this hypothesis using a Generalised Synthetic Control model and state-level data between 1980-2018. The results suggest these laws do not measurably increase or decrease murder rates. The key takeaway from this analysis is that permitless carry will not increase murder.
Recommended Citation
Adams, K. Alexander, Is it Wild Out West? Permitless Carry and State Level Murder Rates. Available at SSRN: or

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