253766 Effects of state gun laws on the exportation of guns for criminals

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:00 AM

Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH , Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
This presentation will review a study that collected data on states' gun sales laws and aggregated crime gun trace data. Negative binomial regression models controlled for interstate migration, a state's proximity to population in near-by states with stronger gun laws and bordering Mexico or Canada. There was wide variation in per capita rates of exporting guns to criminals in other states or Mexico. Laws most strongly associated with deterring the exportation of guns to criminals were discretionary permit-to-purchase licensing of purchasers, mandatory reporting of guns stolen or lost, bans of junk guns, background checks for sales by private sellers, and penalties for falsifying information for background checks.

Learning Objectives:
Describe how guns sold in the U.S. are trafficked across state and international borders. Assess the relationship between states’ gun sales laws and the rate at which guns sold within the state are subsequently recovered by police in other states or Mexico

Keywords: Criminal Justice, Firearms

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been studying gun violence prevention for 20 years and served as co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research for 10 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.