Strong Regulations on Gun Sales Prevent High-Risk Individuals from Accessing Firearms and Can Reduce Violent Crime

“By expanding and strengthening policies designed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, we can reduce the number of people killed each year by gun violence.”

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School for Public Health, and the University of California, Davis looked at studies published between 1999 and 2014 on policies meant to prohibit individuals at high-risk for committing gun violence from acquiring guns, and policies meant to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited individuals and away from the illegal firearm market.

They concluded that strong regulations on gun sales do prevent at-risk individuals or prohibited purchasers from obtaining guns, and in turn, reduce violent crime rates.

Read more on their research HERE