Clueless: The Misuse of Batf Firearms Tracing Data
David B. Kopel
Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law
Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Review, Vol. 1999, pp. 171-80
Sometimes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms traces the registered sales history of a gun which was used in a crime, or which has been seized by the police. Traced guns are not representative of the broader universe of crime guns. Accordingly, drawing public policy conclusions based on tracing data is unwise.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 10
Keywords: firearms tracing, BATF, BATFE
JEL Classification: K14, K42
Date posted: June 16, 2005 ; Last revised: December 5, 2008
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