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Gun study emphasizes distribution regulation

Published: January 18, 2013 / Author: Gabby Gonzalez

The gun control debate continues throughout the country. While many focus on restricting who can buy these weapons, one Notre Dame study shows that it may be essential to safeguard the distribution process as well.

Kevin Bradford has studied how manufacturers and distribution methods impact gun crimes since 2001. His team reviewed 28,000 pages of court documents and found there to be a negative relationship between manufacturers who put safeguards in place for distribution and their guns being used in crimes.

A lack of safeguards allows new guns to go to dealers that do not follow the proper process for sales.

“One percent of gun dealers are responsible for 45 to 6 percent of all crime guns,” Bradford said.

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