Pro to the question "Should Adults Have the Right to Carry a Concealed Handgun?"
"Concealed carry laws have not contributed to a big increase in gun ownership. Nor has allowing citizens the right to carry firearms for self-protection led to the negative consequences claimed by critics. In fact, these laws have lowered violent crime rates and increased the general level of knowledge concerning the rights, responsibilities and laws of firearm ownership.
Putting unarmed citizens at the mercy of armed and violent criminals was never a good idea. Now that the evidence is in, we know that concealed carry is a social good."
Cowritten with H. Sterling Burnett, PhD, "No Smoking Guns: Answering Objections to Right-to-Carry Laws," 1997
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the concealed carry of handguns; and top-level federal government officials significantly involved in gun control and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, 2003-present
Member, Scholars for 9/11 Truth, 2005-present
Chief Economist, United States Department of Labor, 2001-2002
Visiting Scholar, Joint Economic Committee, US Congress, 1993-1994
Professor, Texas A&M University, 1974-2003
Former Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) Criminal Justice Center
Former Adjunct Scholar, Cato Institute
Former Adjunct Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute