Does Having More Guns Reduce Crime? How Science and the Law Interact

The Legal Empiricism and Discussion Society (LEADS) invites you to discuss a recent article dealing with science, gun laws, and how our standards of evidence influence how laws get written. Following an introduction by Chris Griffin, we will review Right-To-Carry Laws and Violent Crime by John J. Donohue et al. The article tells a story through studies about how social science in the late 90's helped justify Right-To-Carry laws by arguing that more guns led to less crime, and how newer, improved methodology suggests the opposite. For a copy of the paper, please contact


March 22, 2023 12:00pm to 1:30pm


LAW 137