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Denial of Handgun Purchase to Violent Misdemeanants

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Publication Date: January 2001

Publisher(s): Journal of the American Medical Association

Author(s): Garen J. Wintemute

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Special Collection: The Joyce Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Safety and security)

Keywords: firearms; gun purchases; violent crimes; gun laws

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

This letter is available by purchase from The Journal of the American Medical Association.

It argues that the denial of handgun purchase to violent misdemeanants is associated with a specific decrease in risk of arrest for new gun and/or violent crimes.