LAW-ABIDING gun owners would like to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, said professors of law, economics, criminology, and criminal justice who attended a conference hosted by Academics for the Second Amendment in mid November in Washington, DC. However, they were quick to add, handgun control laws may have the opposite effect.
Policies designed to prevent violent criminals from buying guns legally often do more harm than good, said Joseph Olson, JD, professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St Paul, Minn, and president of Academics for the Second Amendment. Law-abiding citizens may be unwilling to take the time and trouble to apply in person for permits and fill out paperwork to obtain weapons for self-defense. Criminals, on the other hand, can obtain stolen guns on the street at discounted prices with no waiting period, he said.
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