One Gun a Month Laws: Do They Reduce Murder Rates?

11 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2016 Last revised: 20 Oct 2017

Date Written: February 15, 2016


A number of states have passed laws to limit gun sales to one gun a month in an attempt to reduce unlawful gun trafficking. Some states have subsequently repealed such laws. Do these laws reduce murder rates? This paper examines evidence that changes in murder rates associated with these laws are more plausibly explained by reductions in other measurable symptoms of social disorder.

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Cramer, Clayton E., One Gun a Month Laws: Do They Reduce Murder Rates? (February 15, 2016). 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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