Evaluating the effects of state regulation of federally licensed firearms dealers on firearm homicide

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Evaluating the effects of state regulation of federally licensed firearms dealers on firearm homicide

Category: Firearm Policies, Homicide|Journal: American Journal of Public Health (full text)|Author: D Wiebe, K Rhodes, N Irvin, R Cheney|Year: 2014

Effective federal regulation of firearm dealers has proven difficult. Consequently, many states choose to implement their own regulations. We examined the impact of state-required licensing, record keeping of sales, allowable inspections, and mandatory theft reporting on firearm homicide from 1995 to 2010. We found that lower homicide rates were associated with states that required licensing and inspections. We concluded that firearm dealer regulations might be an effective harm reduction strategy for firearm homicide.

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