This presentation is an overview of research on the weapons effect, based on recent meta-analytic research. The presentation will offer a thorough and skeptical treatment of the weapons effect literature, examining the robustness of mean effect sizes, as well as the influence of outlier and publication bias effects. Suggestions for future research will be examined. ----- James Benjamin, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Behavioral Sciences College of Communication, Liberal Arts, and Social Sciences University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 5210 Grand Avenue, P.O. Box 3649 Fort Smith, Arkansas 72913-3649 Phone: 479-788-7573 Fax: 479-424-6573 email: James.Benjamin@uafs.edu website: http://benjamin.socialpsychology.org/ Office: Gardner Building 130 "It was when I found out I could make mistakes that I knew I was on to something. "