Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Executive Deputy EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: When the Brady Act was being
debated, the National Rifle Association (NRA) cited a survey1
showing that only 16% of criminals get their guns from licensed dealers. Brady
Act supporters responded that the act would disarm these criminals.
After the act took effect, and with almost no prosecutions for felonious
attempts to obtain guns, President Clinton claimed that the law worked and
should be expanded to cover gun shows, where he mistakenly thought the NRA
had said criminals got their guns. Actually, the same survey1
found that less than 0.5% of criminals obtained guns from gun shows.
Blackman PH. Impact of the Brady Act on Homicide and Suicide Rates. JAMA. 2000;284(21):2718-2721. doi:10.1001/jama.284.21.2717