Gauging the Effectiveness of Gun Control Laws
New York, March 10, 2016—The impact and limitations of specific gun laws on firearm mortality in America are documented in a new study published today in the British medical journal The Lancet and co-authored by Columbia Law School Professor Jeffrey A. Fagan, a leading expert on crime, law, and social policy.
- Universal background checks for gun purchases, which could reduce national firearm deaths from 10.3 to 4.46 per 100,000 people;
- Background checks for ammunition purchases, which could reduce the mortality rate to 1.99 deaths per 100,000 people; and
- Firearm identification, by either microstamping or ballistic fingerprinting, which could reduce the death rate to 1.81 per 100,000 people.