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June 6, 2001

Denial of Handgun Purchase to Violent Misdemeanants—Reply

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(21):2715-2716. doi:10.1001/jama.285.21.2715

In Reply: Dr Blackman grossly underestimates gun dealers' importance as a source of crime guns. Two surveys of prisoners, including the one he cites, show that those who commit serious crimes with guns are nearly as likely to buy those guns from a "retail outlet" as to get them from "the black market, a drug dealer, or a fence."1,2

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