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August 4, 1999

Violent Criminal Activity Among Handgun Purchasers With Prior Misdemeanor Convictions—Reply

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;282(5):425-427. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-282-5-jbk0804

In Reply: Mr Fotis represents the Law Enforcement Alliance of America, to which the National Rifle Association contributed $539,000 in 1996 alone.1 We did not ignore "underlying crimes." An analysis using prior arrest offenses, including felonies, yielded very similar results. The article was based on conviction offenses at the editors' request.