Policies to prevent firearm trafficking
Vernick, J. S.
Webster, D. W.
Publication: Injury Prevention
Topics: Law Enforcement Legislation and Policy Prevention Supply
Keywords: Commerce Crossover Legislation Market
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The vast majority of firearms used in violent crime were initially purchased from a licensed dealer by a person deemed legally eligible before crossing over to the illicit market. The authors review policies to prevent that crossover, including improved licensing and dealer oversight, background checks on all sales – including private sales, mandatory reporting of gun thefts, limiting purchases to one a month, banning high-risk guns, and tracing the source of crime guns.