Is Arming Yourself a Rational Response to a Mass Public Shooting?
Concealed Carry / Fear / Firearms / Risk

Is Arming Yourself a Rational Response to a Mass Public Shooting?

I haven’t had time to write this up yet, but an underlying theme in academic studies of guns is that carrying a concealed firearm (and in some cases even owning one) is not a rational decision for most Americans under most circumstances. “Rational” here understood in the classical economic sense of maximizing benefits and minimizing … Continue reading

Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 3 – Gun Carrying and Defensive Use
Concealed Carry / Firearms / Personal Defense

Exploring America’s Complex Relationship with Guns (Pew Research Center), Part 3 – Gun Carrying and Defensive Use

Continuing on with my exploration of the Pew Research Center’s new report, America’s Complex Relationship with Guns, here I get closer to the heart of Gun Culture 2.0 — the new version of America’s historic gun culture, one now centered on armed self-defense and particularly concealed carry. As I told the Pew Research Center staff … Continue reading

Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”
Concealed Carry

Goodbye “Vermont Carry,” Hello “Alaska Carry”

In a comment on my recent post on the dawn of the era of permitless carry, reader Matthew Carberry makes the astute observation that calling permitless carry in states which issue carry permits “Vermont Carry” is a misnomer. The modern system of “permitless carry with permit for reciprocity,” therefore, is more properly called “Alaska Carry.” … Continue reading

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry
Concealed Carry / Firearms

The History of Concealed Weapons Laws in the United States, Part 4: The Dawn of the Era of Permitless Carry

When I began this blog nearly 5 years ago, I had no idea that I would be talking about the dawn of a new era of concealed carry in the United States. But developments in the past couple of years have forced my hand. Before highlighting those developments, I will review the broad pattern of … Continue reading