Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

Monica Das


This study examines the effectiveness of the ban on the open carry of firearms in California (implemented in January, 2012). Data was taken from the U.S. Vital Statistics website on a monthly basis from January, 2006 to December, 2017, and it incorporated gun-related murder totals as well as totals for African Americans and Caucasians. RDD and DID regressions were run (using Texas as a control state) in order to determine the impact of the law. The RDD turned out insignificant results. The DID showed that the law had a significant negative impact on total homicides (decreasing them by about 1 murder every 4 months). It also produced significant negative impacts for both African Americans and Caucasians, although it was a more drastic decrease for Black citizens. This study concludes the effectiveness of the open carry ban and the need for further research on the impact of gun control laws.

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