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1.3% of licensed dealers sell 39% of crime guns....

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  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Member

    Dec 31, 2002

    UC Davis study identifies pawnshops and retailers with high rates of background check failure as sources of a disproportionate number of crime guns
    A study by researchers at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center has found that 1.3 percent of the licensed gun retailers in the state sell 39.4 percent of the handguns used in violent crime, and that those retailers share similar profiles -- pawn shops and retailers with a high rate of background-check failure are at higher risk for selling a handgun that will be used in a criminal act.
    While both sides of the gun control debate have agreed that a few retailers were responsible for a high percentage of crime guns, many dismissed it as simply a result of sales volume -- large volume retailers would surely sell more crime guns than their smaller counterparts. The UC Davis study, published in the December issue of Injury Prevention, refutes that belief. It also shows that there is no correlation between crime gun sales and a community's social and demographic characteristics or neighborhood crime rates.

    "We hope our work helps law enforcement and community agencies better allocate their resources, allowing them to set up programs that deal with problem retailers and keep guns out of the hands of those people who will use them in acts of violence," said Garen Wintemute, professor of epidemiology and preventative medicine and director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis Medical Center.

    Wintemute and his team used California Department of Justice records to identify all handguns sold by retailers in the study between 1996 and 2000 and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-tracing data to determine which of these guns had been recovered by law enforcement in the United States or elsewhere, and traced by September 30, 2003. They used the data to look for factors at the retailer level and within the community that were associated with frequent and disproportionate sales of handguns later used in violent and firearm-related crime.

    The study comes at a time of heightened interest in gun control and gun manufacturer/retailer liability, with city leaders in nearby San Francisco squaring off against gun advocates over a new municipal ban on handguns and new federal government policies offering liability protection to gun retailers. Also, while the state homicide rate has fallen over the last 10 years, the California Attorney General's office reported guns are still the most common weapons for homicides in the state.

    "The next step is to look at how we can apply the California profile to the national scene," said Wintemute. "We know that nationally just over 1 percent of retailers sell nearly 60 percent of crime guns. If similar retailer profiles are discovered, then law enforcement can begin to address national crime gun sales more efficiently."

    This research was supported with a grant from the National Institute of Justice, with preliminary work supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

    The UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program is a multi-disciplinary effort researching the causes and prevention of serious violence with an emphasis on firearm violence. In addition to the handgun retailer study, other recent projects include: evaluations of the effectiveness of denying firearm purchase to previously convicted criminals, the relationship between gun design and gun violence, the effectiveness of gun buyback programs, and the risk for a violent death associated with the purchase of a handgun. Researchers work actively to inform the public and government leaders about the nature and prevention of violence and the evaluation of violence prevention policies. More information is available at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/vprp.

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  2. newfalguy101

    newfalguy101 Member

    Aug 13, 2005
    Clay Center, Nebraska
    I would be interested in knowing their definition of "crime gun"

    I tend to believe that the largest retailers are going to sell the largest number of guns that end up being used in crimes, simply because they sell buckets and buckets of firearms.

    They will also have the highest number of "declined" NICS checks, one again its that pesky volumn thing, the more you do the more likely you are to hit a few bad NICS checks.

    Just my opinion and I suppose I could be wrong, but I have a difficult time trusting much of anything that comes out of ***********.
  3. Standing Wolf

    Standing Wolf Member in memoriam

    Dec 24, 2002
    Idahohoho, the jolliest state
    I've just located the source of the problem.

    The leftist extremists are trying to get away with voodoo magic. They start with a criminal justice problem: firearms in the hands of felons. They announce it's a public health problem. Mysteriously, they're able to think of a solution: more leftist extremist so-called "gun control" laws, whose sole purpose is to disarm law-abiding American citizens.

    If they were even remotely concerned about violent crime, they'd immediately shut up about law-abiding citizens and our firearms, and loudly advocate going after the root cause of violent crime: criminals.
  4. Glenn Kelley

    Glenn Kelley Member

    Dec 25, 2003
    They are not talking about the total number of refusals they are talking about the highest rates of refusal.If a shop has a high ratio of refusals to approvals then I suppose that they are also getting people with false ID who beat the system.
  5. lucky_fool

    lucky_fool Member

    Jul 14, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    Their definition of crime gun is highly flawed. They're using ATF gun trace figures, which means if my gun is stolen from my house, or I sell it in a person-to-person transfer, and is later used in a crime the dealer I bought it from shows up in the ATF trace. Or if they bust a fence who has a bunch of guns in his possession they'll trace them with the ATF to find the owners. These guns would be considered "crime guns" in this study even though they weren't used in the commission of a crime any more than the big screen TV's that the fence had.

    Also, states like California that have a state-level gun registry run the trace at the state first and only trace with the ATF if they don't find it. Some PD's don't run ATF traces on guns actually used in crimes in some cases, either.
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