Navigation Links
Study finds federal amendments increased gun sales diverted to criminals
Date:1/9/2012

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research finds that the number of guns that were subsequently linked to crime sold by Badger Guns & Ammo, a Milwaukee-area gun shop, increased dramatically after Congress adopted measures likely to reduce the risks gun dealers face if they divert guns to criminals. The study is the first to examine the impact of these amendments on the diversion of guns to criminals and was recently published online in the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Health.

The Tiahrt amendments are a series of amendments to appropriations bills and named for the sponsor, former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-KS. They became law in 2003 and prohibit the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) from releasing data from crime gun traces. Gun traces reveal when, where, and from whom a gun recovered from a crime was originally purchased. In 2004, the Tiahrt amendments further restricted crime gun-trace data by limiting access to government officials and prohibiting the use of these data in firearm dealer license revocations and civil law suits. In addition, the law prohibits ATF from requiring gun dealers to do a physical inventory of their firearms for compliance inspections and requires the FBI to destroy data from background checks of gun purchasers within 24 hours.

In 1999, ATF data showed that Badger Guns & Ammo led the nation's gun dealers with the most gun sales later linked to crime gun traces. Shortly after the announcement, the gun shop's owner announced that the store would no longer sell small, poorly made handguns (sometimes referred to as "junk guns") that are commonly linked to crime.

Data from the new Johns Hopkins study indicate that the gun dealer apparently adhered to that policy for approximately 14 months, a period in which the number of guns sold by Badger Guns & Ammo and diverted to criminals declined by 66 percent. Reductions were observed for junk guns as well as other types of guns sold by Badger. After the Tiahrt amendments went into effect, guns diverted to criminals soon after being sold by Badger increased by 203 percent. The increase in the flow of guns from Badger to criminals following the adoption of the Tiahrt amendments, however, was not limited to junk guns. The study found no Tiahrt amendment-related increase in the number of guns sold by all other gun dealers that were diverted to criminals.

"Our findings suggest that changes to federal gun policy prompted a dramatic increase in the flow of guns to criminals from a gun dealer whose practices have frequently been of concern to law enforcement and public safety advocates," said lead study author Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Webster added, "The fact that the ATF took action which led the gun dealer to surrender his license in 2006 supports the idea that the large increase in Badger's guns diverted to criminals was related to gun dealer practices."

Study co-author and Center co-director Jon Vernick, JD, MPH, said, "our findings are consistent with other research that has shown that greater oversight and regulation of gun sellers is linked with fewer guns diverted to criminals shortly after retail sales."

For the study, researchers examined data from firearms recovered by the Milwaukee Police Department and traced by the ATF from 1996 through 2006. Data for guns traced during 2003 to 2006 when the Tiahrt restrictions on ATF were in place were obtained from the Milwaukee Police Department. The number of firearms recovered by police less than a year following retail sale from someone other than the legal purchaser was used to track trends in illegal gun transfers.

Congress recently passed another appropriations bill with an amendment that makes permanent most of the protections for gun sellers that in prior Tiahrt amendments been limited to the fiscal year covered under appropriations bills.


'/>"/>
Contact: Tim Parsons
tmparson@jhsph.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Nicotine Patches, Gums Wont Help Smokers Quit Long-Term: Study
2. Power of Acupuncture to Ease Migraines Questioned in Study
3. Exercise May Help Those at Higher Risk for Alzheimers: Study
4. Short Delay in Treating Blood Pressure Safe for Diabetics: Study
5. New study supports view that Lewy bodies are not the primary cause of cell death in PD
6. PSA Test for Prostate Cancer Doesnt Save Lives: Study
7. Study shows no evidence of a mortality benefit to PSA screening
8. Study Offers Clues to Why Some Dont Benefit From Asthma Drugs
9. Mice Exposed to Smoke Helped by Blood Pressure Drug: Study
10. Global Study Finds Drug Abuse Highest in Richer Nations
11. Diabetes Care Thwarted by Unstable Health Insurance: Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/25/2017)... ... April 25, 2017 , ... Somnoware, a leading provider ... care management module. Using this new feature, sleep physicians can now predict the ... continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral, or other forms of sleep apnea therapy. ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... April 24, 2017 , ... Emmanuel College ... nursing professionals advance their careers. Beginning in the fall of 2017, Emmanuel’s program will ... in as few as 16 months and for as little as $14,528. These changes ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... As part of the nationwide Days of Remembrance effort led ... Holocaust and Nazi persecution, Center for Medicine after the Holocaust (CMATH) announced ... trip to Germany and Poland next week. , The Fourth Biennial CMATH Champions Trip ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Sean Fay is the undisputed king of the infomercial. With ... the George Foreman Grill (which sold more than 100 million units worldwide), he has ... , Now, due to changes in the broadcast media landscape, the once ever-present infomercial ...
(Date:4/24/2017)... ... , ... My T Chai, a South African company that creates a number ... RevNutrition.com, a popular website specializing in sales of nutritional products. , Chai tea ... Siam. It spread across Asia and Africa quickly, and today recipes vary from region ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)...  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZBH), ... it will be participating in the Deutsche Bank Securities ... in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, ... a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of ... Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .  The webcast will ...
(Date:4/20/2017)...  CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS ... design to enhance the retail customer experience with ... and expanded beauty selections paired with informational signage ... offerings. Together with its innovative digital programs, these ... experience at CVS Pharmacy.  "Pharmacy ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017 Eyevensys, a ... first non-viral gene expression technology that enables the safe, ... to address a wide range of ophthalmic diseases, announces ... Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to advance its technology ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: