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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

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

James B. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

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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