Curtailing dangerous sales practices by licensed firearm dealers: Legal opportunities and obstacles

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Abstract

It is an enlightening truism of gun policy that, in the United States, the vast majority of guns used in crime were originally sold by federally licensed firearm dealers. The primary exceptions are the modest number of guns stolen from manufactures or dealers or illegally imported from abroad. This does not mean that most gun dealers fout the law or knowingly sell guns to criminals. But it does suggest that one potentially fruitful approach to make it harder for firearms to flow from the legal to the illegal market is through enhanced regulation and oversight of firearm dealers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis
PublisherThe Johns Hopkins University Press
Pages133-140
Number of pages8
Volume9781421411118
ISBN (Print)9781421411118, 1421411105, 9781421411101
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Vernick, J. S., & Webster, D. W. (2013). Curtailing dangerous sales practices by licensed firearm dealers: Legal opportunities and obstacles. In Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis (Vol. 9781421411118, pp. 133-140). The Johns Hopkins University Press.