Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Review, Vol. 1999, pp. 171-80
10 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2005 Last revised: 5 Dec 2008
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.
Keywords: firearms tracing, BATF, BATFE
JEL Classification: K14, K42
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Kopel, David B., Clueless: The Misuse of Batf Firearms Tracing Data. Michigan State University Detroit College of Law Review, Vol. 1999, pp. 171-80. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=742708