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Medical News and Perspectives
August 6, 2003

Taking Aim at Gun Violence

JAMA. 2003;290(5):583-585. doi:10.1001/jama.290.5.583

Emergency physicians, public health experts, and law enforcement agencies are taking a unique approach to preventing gun violence: tracing guns and bullets used in violent crimes to help quash illegal trafficking by unlicensed gun dealers.

Such an effort could, they reason, make a dent in gun-related violence by identifying and prosecuting such dealers, making the weapons harder to come by. According to Philip J. Cook, PhD, professor of public policy at Duke University, surveys have indicated that about one fourth of convicted criminals purchase their guns illegally from unlicensed dealers.

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