Gun Laws And Gun Control Essay

855 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Firearms tracing is the systematic tracking of the movement of a firearms recovered by law enforcement officials from its first sale by the manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain (wholesaler/retailer) to the first retail purchaser. (ATF: National Tracing Center, 2016) Comprehensive firearms tracing is the routine tracing of every crime gun recovered within a geographic area or specific law enforcement jurisdiction. Questions arise if we are able to accurately analyze the data collected by gun tracing. If outliers can be identified, how might they play a role in legislation? Previous studies imply strong correlations between the distance, cost of living, and strictness of gun laws (Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking, 2010) in determining patterns with guns used in crimes.

To understand the role of firearm tracing has played in the legislation in the United States we can refer as far back to the settlement of Chesapeake Bay or turn on today’s news. Gun laws are largely decentralized across the country. Though federal laws are in place, they serve as a minimum while state legislations are allowed to enforce laws at the state level. Demand for guns has led to a black market to allow guns to be owned by those barred from purchasing weapons through the system. This secondary market is substantial in size, with ATF investigations into trafficking between July 1996 and December 1998 identifying over 84,000 firearms that were…

Related Documents