Have Gun Control Laws Changed Since Newtown?

  • AnnaClare C. Smith Middlebury College
  • Anna M. Van Kula Middlebury College
  • Greer M. Howard Middlebury College
  • Paul M. Sommers Middlebury College
Keywords: Gun control laws, t-tests, regression


Using data issued by the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the authors examine the strength of statewide firearm laws across the United States one year before and after the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.  Regressions fitted to the cross-section of all states in 2011 and 2013 show how Brady Scores differ across census divisions after allowing for statewide differences in firearm death rates and political party control of the state legislature.  In the aftermath of Newtown, gun laws have either not changed or in census divisions where they have significantly changed, they have become less restrictive.

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Author Biographies

AnnaClare C. Smith, Middlebury College
Anna M. Van Kula, Middlebury College
Greer M. Howard, Middlebury College
Paul M. Sommers, Middlebury College
Paige-Wright Professor of Economics

How to Cite
Smith, A. C., Van Kula, A. M., Howard, G. M., & Sommers, P. M. (2015). Have Gun Control Laws Changed Since Newtown?. Journal of Student Research, 4(1), 112-119. Retrieved from https://jofsr.org/index.php/path/article/view/203
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