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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.
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Yuen, Gary Wayne, "Concealed carry weapon permits and their relationship to crime in Las Vegas" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 990.
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