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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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Evaluating the Brady Law

Evaluating the Brady Law

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Can Gun Control Work?

James B. Jacobs

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the Brady Law's impact on violent crime. First, it examines the logic of inferring gun crime reduction from blocked Federal Firearm License sales. Then, aided by an impressive study by Professors Jens Ludwig and Phil Cook, it assesses whether the decline in violent crime that took place during the 1990s can be attributed to the Brady Law. The Brady Law seeks to regulate only gun sales by FFLs leaving the secondary market unregulated. That fact alone ought to make one skeptical that the law could have much, if any, effect on reducing gun and nongun violent crime.

Keywords:   Jens Ludwig, Phil Cook, Federal Firearms License, violent crime, gun crime

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