DC's murder and violent crime rates keep falling after their gunlock and gun ban laws were struck down

DC crime data is available here. For a discussion of what Chicago's Mayor Daley predicted would happen see here. My own argument for what has happened focuses most heavily on the Supreme Court striking down DC's gunlock law.

UPDATE: For a discussion on what happened to murder in Chicago after its ban ended see here.

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Blogger Al B. said...


Why would property crime drop as well? Wouldn't you expect to see a substitution effect as criminals turn to safer non-viction-contact crimes?

9/30/2010 12:10 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

For example, guns in the home make it riskier for criminals to break into people's homes. That occurs even when the victims are not at home because there is a chance that someone is home even if the criminals cased the home carefully.

9/30/2010 5:54 PM  

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