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The Impact of Handgun Purchaser Licensing Laws on Gun Violence

by Alexander D. McCourt; Cassandra K. Crifasi; Daniel W. Webster; Jayne O'Dwyer

Jun 12, 2019

There is a major flaw in federal firearm laws in the U.S. and in most states' laws; prohibited purchasers can acquire firearms from unlicensed private sellers without subjecting themselves to background checks and record-keeping requirements. Violent criminals and traffickers exploit this weakness with fatal consequences. This report discusses the need to improve background checks and handgun purchaser licensing laws which would result in reduced gun deaths.