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Can Gun Control Work?$
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James B. Jacobs

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176582.001.0001

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Holes in the Brady Law

Holes in the Brady Law

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(p.99) 6 Holes in the Brady Law
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Can Gun Control Work?
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James B. Jacobs

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176582.003.0006

This chapter exposes the holes and weaknesses in the Brady Law. While proponents and supporters hailed the Brady Act as an important step toward reducing violent crime, a close look makes that prediction doubtful. The law`s most glaring weakness is its failure to require background checks of individuals who obtain “used” firearms via sales, gifts, or loans from a person who is not a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). A closely related problem is the failure to cover gun shows, where people interested in purchasing a firearm without being subjected to a background check can easily find an obliging seller. Moreover, an ineligible purchaser can buy a gun from even a diligent FFL using counterfeit ID or a straw purchaser. In short, the Brady Law projects the image of effective regulation without the reality.

Keywords:   Federal Firearms Licensee, Brady Law, gun shows, gun purchase

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