Researchers in the United Kingdom recently published a study that is providing advocates of tougher gun laws with ammunition. Researchers took a look at gun death rates in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010, finding that stronger gun laws, like background checks and child access prevention rules, had a dramatic effect on the total number of gun deaths from year to year.
The Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, which was enacted by the US Congress in 1993, currently requires firearm purchasers to pass a background check, but only when they are buying the weapon from a licensed dealer. This has created a major void in the law, known as the “gun show loophole,” with people remaining free to buy handguns and other weapons at gun shows and online from unlicensed sellers of firearms.
Researchers who conducted the recent study said that stronger federal gun laws, including more stringent background checks on applicants for firearm ownership, would have a significant impact on the gun homicide rate in the United States. One estimate indicates that the national gun death rate could be lowered by 57 percent. An even more effective tool in the fight to reduce gun deaths in the U.S. may be background checks for individuals who want to buy firearm ammunition, which could potentially lower the gun homicide rate by more than 80 percent.
Some states already require universal background checks for firearms purchases, meaning that even private sellers of handguns must conduct a background check for each transaction. Among these states is New Jersey, which has some of the toughest gun laws in the entire country. NJ also has a law that requires a person to obtain a permit before purchasing firearm ammunition.
For further information, view the CNN.com article, “Study: 3 Federal Laws Could Reduce Gun Deaths by More than 90%.”
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