Laws that cost two state lawmakers their seats had little effect, study finds

“Delaware saw a 25% increase in background checks for handguns and a 34% increase in background checks for long guns, the study found” writes Lois Beckett for Instead, it asked a simpler question: did a law requiring more background checks actually result in more background checks being conducted?. America’s relatively permissive gun laws, together with the estimated 300m civilian-owned guns, make it more difficult to keep guns out of the hands of people who are not legally allowed to have them.The new study, published in Injury Prevention, a medical journal, did not attempt to analyze whether the new background check laws in Delaware, Colorado and Washington had any effect on gun violence or gun crime.

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