Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Political Science

First Committee Member

Dina Titus

Number of Pages



This study is specific to Clark County, Nevada. Two relationships, the relationship between fear and gun possession [defined in terms of firearms registration] and the relationship between fear and the issuance of concealed weapons permits, were posited. Data for the number of registered firearms and issued concealed weapons permits were obtained from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Firearms Detail and CCW Detail. Criminal incidents involving firearms in public areas that appeared to be random in nature [stranger to stranger violence] were gathered through an archive search of Nevada's largest newspaper servicing Clark County, the Las Vegas Review-Journal; Statistical analysis established that there is no significant relationship between fear and firearms possession, as well as no relationship between fear and the issuance of concealed weapons permits. When assessing the impact of particularly tragic incidents and controlling for seasonal trends, however, a significant relationship between fear and gun ownership does emerge. The relationship between fear and concealed weapons permits remains insignificant, even with these added controls.


Clark County; Concealed; Fear; Firearm; Nevada; Ownership; Permits; Predictor; Weapons

Controlled Subject

Political science; Criminology; Social psychology

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2304 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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