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By Jens Ludwig, Philip J. Cook

In past times 50 years the U.S. has diminished the loss of life expense from car injuries through one-third, but the speed at which american citizens are killed by means of gunfire has truly elevated. Policymakers have attempted to strive against gun-related violence and crime in quite a few methods, together with implementing extra serious sentences, proscribing entry and banning sure types and designs of weapons. This e-book examines what works via featuring empirical reviews of a number of modern rules. one of the concerns tested are: the connection among the variety of weapons in circulate and the suicide expense; the deterrent and "inducement" results of gun possession on residential housebreaking; the influence on household homicides of proscribing gun ownership; and the implications of extra permissive gun-carrying legislation. within the assessment, Ludwig and prepare dinner finish that the matter of gun violence in the US isn't hopeless - certainly, violence premiums have declined dramatically over the past decade. persisted luck may possibly require a realistic mixture of new rules and improved legislation enforcement efforts, guided by way of ongoing overview supported through new and higher information platforms.

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One explanation is that traffickers can adapt easily to changes in the larger environment. If correct, that suggests that any bias introduced into comparisons of Brady treatment and control states owing to changes in acrossstate gun running is minor. Of course the Brady Act may affect outcomes other than crime. Comparing trends in treatment and control states suggests that Brady may have reduced gun suicide rates among those 55 and older, who commit suicide at higher rates than younger people, and that the waiting period requirement of the law may have been responsible.

83. Sherman, Shaw, and Rogan (1995). 84. Cook and Ludwig (2000); Ludwig and Cook (2001). PRAGMATIC GUN POLICY 27 Enhanced Punishment Another approach to deterring illegal gun carrying is to enhance the threatened severity of punishment for those who are caught. In the 1970s this approach was used with apparent success in Massachusetts, which enacted the Bartley-Fox Amendment mandating a one-year prison sentence for unlicensed gun carrying. 85 In recent years the most highly touted example of this approach is in Richmond, Virginia’s Project Exile, which diverted convicted felons arrested for gun possession from state courts into the federal system where penalties are more severe.

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