Study on Gun Death Rate and Background Checks

I’m going to suggest this is likely a case of correlation not equaling causation, but expect the Brady’s to be touting this high and low.  They mention 17 states as having state and local checks, but according to the DOJ, only 13 states have local POCs for firearms background checks, so the sample size is rather small.  States which have local POCs:

  1. California
  2. Colorado
  3. Connecticut
  4. Florida
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Nevada
  8. New Jersey
  9. Oregon
  10. Pennsylvania
  11. Tennessee
  12. Utah
  13. Virginia

Of course, that nearly 2/3rds of the states are there are generally pro-gun is something to consider.  Another thing to consider is there’s a class of state that has state checks for pistols, and uses NICS for long guns.  Maryland falls into that category.  Since most crimes and suicides involving a gun involve a handgun, I think a study should include those as well.  I’m not sure where they are getting 17 states from, and only 21 states relying on federal checks, since the DOJ states differ, and say it’s 28 states.  I haven’t read the study though.

8 thoughts on “Study on Gun Death Rate and Background Checks”

  1. I’m not sure why that BJS chart you posted says otherwise, but here in DE they do conduct a state level background check in addition to the NICS check.

  2. These results are not incredible, but it’s certainly possible that a multitude of factors influenced the reduction.

    I have not read the full-blown paper, either.

    This is just knee-jerk speculation, but I’d bet dollars to donuts that Joyce Foundation money at least in part supported this study.

  3. NC requires that you get a pistol purchase from the sheriff’s office before acquiring a handgun through ANY means, even gifts from family members… that permit bypasses the POS NICS check for any purchase though and can be used for a long gun

  4. As was told to me in my CCW class, Oregon residents have a local county check, a State check, a federal check and then an international check run through interpol.

  5. Any study of anything to do with firearms that is conducted by a medical student [how does a medical student have time for this?] for a Medical Association is worthless.

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