A paper by U. of U. student Michael Hock examines the impact concealed carry laws have on crime in the United States. The paper concludes that based on research conducted up to this point, the issuance of concealed carry permits results in a reduction of crime. The paper is published in the 2009 Hinckley Journal of Politics.
The paper first examines the history of guns in the U.S., specifically the Second Amendment, and the laws enacted since the 1960s which have changed the way guns are purchased. Then it discusses the arguments for and against allowing law abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons through the issuance of concealed carry permits. Lastly, the paper presents several studies which have been done on the impact of concealed carry permits on crime, and then concludes that based on the research that has been done up to this point, the issuance of concealed carry permits results in a reduction of crime.