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Lancet study: universal background checks effective in lowering gun-related deaths

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A new study published in the journal Lancet finds that three types of laws governing gun ownership in America can reduce the number of firearm deaths in the country. Scott Olson/Getty Images

A new study published in the journal Lancet finds that three types of laws governing gun ownership in America can reduce the number of firearm deaths in the country.

Universal background checks for gun purchases, background checks on ammunition purchases, and firearm identification could lower firearm mortality by 90 percent, say the authors of “Firearm legislation and firearm mortality in the USA: a cross-sectional, state-level study.”

To arrive at their results, they looked at both prevention laws (like background checks) -- and permissive laws (like stand-your-ground laws) in the country in 2009 and the number of gun-related deaths in 2010.

They found that universal background checks led to a 39 percent reduction in death, while ammunition background checks were responsible for an 18 percent drop, and gun identification laws were associated with a 16 percent dial down.

Guests:

Bindu Kalesan, lead author of the study, “Firearm legislation and firearm mortality in the USA: a cross-sectional, state-level study.” She is an assistant professor of medicine at Boston University

John Lott, author, “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws” (University of Chicago Press, Third Edition, 2010) and President of The Crime Prevention Research Center that focuses on the study of gun laws and public safety

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