Do Ammunition Background Checks Reduce Murder Rates?

5 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2015 Last revised: 5 Feb 2016

Date Written: October 28, 2015


Do ammunition background check laws reduce murder rates? Analysis of the effects of New Jersey’s requirement that handgun ammunition can only be transferred to those with a pistol permit or firearms owner’s permit (both of which require a background check) suggest that these laws are either ineffective or reduce crime rates for crimes that never or seldom involve guns — an unlikely consequence.

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Cramer, Clayton E., Do Ammunition Background Checks Reduce Murder Rates? (October 28, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Clayton E. Cramer (Contact Author)

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

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