New Research on Red Flag Laws: Do Red Flag Laws Save Lives or Reduce Crime?

20 Jan , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and Professor Carl Moody have new research on the Red Flag Laws/Extreme Risk Protective Orders. A copy of the new research can be obtained here.


Red flag laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, the number of people killed in mass public shootings, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary. There is some evidence that rape rates rise. These laws apparently do not save lives.

The information needed to replicate tables and robustness checks for paper is available here.


2 Responses

  1. Charrles Jessee says:

    I sent this paper to all sponsors of the recently filed New Hampshire ERPO “Red Flag Law” bill and provided email addresses of sponsors and a sample letter referencing this paper on our NE firearms forum.

  2. Michael Fallon says:

    The biggest concern, in these Red Flag States, is the total lack of DUE PROCESS for the accused, prior to confiscation. This is being challenged now, I believe in Federal court.

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