6/29/2008

Some bragging rights : Justice Breyer cites More Guns, Less Crime

Justice Breyer cites one of my books on guns in his opinion:

In the view of respondent’s amici, this evidence shows that other remedies—such as less restriction on gun ownership, or liberal authorization of law-abiding citizens to carry concealed weapons—better fit the problem. See, e.g., Criminologists’ Brief 35–37 (advocating easily obtainable gun licenses); Brief for Southeastern Legal Foundation, Inc. et al. as Amici Curiae 15 (hereinafter SLF Brief) (advocating “widespread gun ownership” as a deterrent to crime); see also J. Lott, More Guns, Less Crime (2d ed. 2000). They further suggest that at a minimum the District fails to show that its remedy, the gun ban, bears a reasonable relation to the crime and accident problems that the District seeks to solve. See, e.g., Brief for Respondent 59–61. . . .

The upshot is a set of studies and counterstudies that, at most, could leave a judge uncertain about the proper policy conclusion. But from respondent’s perspective any such uncertainty is not good enough. That is because legislators, not judges, have primary responsibility for drawing policy conclusions from empirical fact. And, given that constitutional allocation of decisionmaking responsibility, the empirical evidence presented here is sufficient to allow a judge to reach a firm legal conclusion. . . . .


Notice: Justice Breyer was originally one of the commissioners on the US Sentencing Commission when I was chief economist there.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Fred Miller, Mililani, HI said...

It looks like I'm in good company. I love to quote your books when I have "discussions" with people.

6/29/2008 9:10 PM  
Blogger WheelCipher said...

So ... does something like this mark the pinnacle of a career? This is not only having your work cited in a SCOTUS decision, but perhaps the most important decision of its kind in the last century.

Congrats!

6/30/2008 10:49 AM  

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