Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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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
Political science; Criminology; Social psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Harris, Becky Beckstead, "Fear as a predictor of firearm ownership and concealed weapons permits in Clark County, Nevada" (2000). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1202.