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Am J Public Health. 1999 Jan;89(1):88-90.

Effectiveness of denial of handgun purchase to persons believed to be at high risk for firearm violence.

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  • 1Violence Prevention Research Program, University of California, Davis, Sacramento 95817, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The purpose of this study was to determine whether denial of handgun purchase is an effective violence prevention strategy.

METHODS:

Individuals denied handgun purchase because of a prior felony conviction and handgun purchasers with a felony arrest at time of purchase were examined.

RESULTS:

Relative to those denied purchase, handgun purchasers were found to be at greater risk for subsequent offenses involving a gun (relative risk [RR] = 1.21, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.08, 1.36) or violence (RR = 1.24, 95% CI = 1.11, 1.39), after adjustment for number of prepurchase weapon/violence charges.

CONCLUSIONS:

Denial of handgun purchase to persons with a prior felony conviction may lower their rate of subsequent criminal activity.

PMID:
9987473
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PMCID:
PMC1508506
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