The author would like to thank Don B. Kates, Jr., Raymond G. Kessler, Bill Donfo, and Gary Kleck for their comments on an earlier draft. This paper was presented at the 1986 annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology.
CITIZEN GUN OWNERSHIP AND CRIMINAL DETERRENCE: THEORY, RESEARCH, AND POLICY*
Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 63–82, February 1987
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GREEN, G. S. (1987), CITIZEN GUN OWNERSHIP AND CRIMINAL DETERRENCE: THEORY, RESEARCH, AND POLICY. Criminology, 25: 63–82. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1987.tb00789.x
Gary S. Green is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Evansville. His research interests include deterrence, public policies about civilian gun ownership, and occupational criminality.
- Issue published online: 7 MAR 2006
- Article first published online: 7 MAR 2006
Research on the general and specific deterrents emanating from citizenowned firearms is examined under assumptions about deterrence. Only slight and indirect empirical evidence for deterrence exists in the area of citizen gun ownership. The crime-reducing effects associated with public policies that support civilian gun ownership are balanced in light of other, negative public health factors associated with citizen-owned guns.