Award Date

1-1-1999

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Criminal Justice

Number of Pages

121

Abstract

Permits allowing qualified citizens to legally carry a concealed weapon ("CCWs") in public have become increasingly popular. Nevada adopted more lenient CCW standards in October of 1995, and an unprecedented number of legally armed citizens in the public has resulted. Supporters of CCWs claim the right to self-defense with less crime resulting. Critics claim more armed citizens will only produce more violence and crime; To answer this debate, the following was conducted; (1) a literature review of private firearm ownership, including CCWs, and crime, (2) an analysis based on Las Vegas' Uniform Crime Reports rates before and after adopting these more lenient CCW standards, and (3) a survey of recent Las Vegas CCW applicants; This study failed to conclusively show that more CCWs increase or decrease crime. The CCW survey, however, suggested that most CCW applicants believe obtaining a CCW is an effective deterrent to crime.

Keywords

Carry; Concealed; Crime Nevada; Permits; Relationships; Vegas; Weapon; Las Vegas

Controlled Subject

Criminology

File Format

pdf

File Size

2385.92 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/jgyp-rega


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