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Effects of a gun dealer's change in sales practices on the supply of guns to criminals.

Authors
Webster-DW; Vernick-JS; Bulzacchelli-MT
Source
J Urban Health 2006 Sep; 83(5):778-787
NIOSHTIC No.
20037894
Abstract
Licensed gun dealers are a major conduit for gun trafficking. Prior to May 1999, a single gun store sold more than half of the guns recovered from criminals in Milwaukee, WI, shortly following retail sale. On May 10, 1999, the store stopped selling small, inexpensive handguns popular with criminals, often called "Saturday night specials." The purpose of this study was to estimate the effect of this gun store's changed sales practices on criminals' acquisition of new guns. We used an interrupted time-series design with comparisons to test for changes in the number of guns that police recovered from criminals within a year of retail sale following the gun dealer's new sales policy. The dealer's changed sales policy was associated with a 96% decrease in recently sold, small, inexpensive handguns use in crime in Milwaukee, a 73% decrease in crime guns recently sold by this dealer, and a 44% decrease in the flow of all new, trafficked guns to criminals in Milwaukee. The findings demonstrate the substantial impact that a single gun store's sales practices can have on the supply of new guns to criminals. Proposed anti-gun-trafficking efforts in other cities could benefit from targeting problem retail outlets.
Keywords
Law-enforcement; Law-enforcement-workers; Humans; Public-health; Statistical-analysis; Author Keywords: Gun dealers; Gun trafficking; Change in sales practices; Saturday night specials
Contact
Daniel W Webster, Center for Gun Policy and Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Pubic Health, 624 N Broadway, Room 593, Baltimore, MD 21205-1996
CODEN
JUHEFL
Publication Date
20060901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2006
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008428
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1099-3460
Source Name
Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
Johns Hopkins University
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