Comprehensive Firearms Research

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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 …show more content…
In recent history, the most important legislation is the Gun Control Act of 1968. This federal law requires dealers to have a license, restricts purchases by prohibited persons, including felons and minors, and generally prohibits the interstate sale of firearms. Within the Gun Control Act of 1968, the Brady Permit (Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1993) mandates a 5 day wait period on the selling of handguns for background checks. From 1968 to 2014 the bill has blocked 2.1 million unqualified citizens (domestic offender, fugitive, age, etc.) from purchasing a handgun. National Firearm Act of 1934 was the federal government’s first attempt to regulate gun laws, but only covered the limited sell of machine guns and short-barrel firearms, including sawed-off …show more content…
(Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking, 2010) These states have weak gun control laws, they identify the demand for guns in states that are more difficult to obtain guns and have created a market. The ten states that account for the majority of exported firearms lack prosecution measures for those who knowingly disregard the system. The lack of punishment reduces the risks for the distribution of firearms. Using the data of the demand-supply model for firearm distribution, the analysis of State Gun Policy and Cross-State Externalities: Evidence from Crime Gun Tracing (Knight, 2013) focuses on trafficking patterns in which we condition on a trafficker’s decision to sell guns in a given destination

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