Social Policy & Politics Program | Memo

3-D Gun Enforcement for the 21st Century: Dealing, Data, and Design

by Lanae Erickson Hatalsky and Sarah Trumble

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There are 300 million guns in private hands in America, roughly 400,000 gun crimes each year, and more than 10,000 gun homicides. In 9 of ten gun crimes, the criminal using the gun was not the person who originally bought it. One-third of all crime guns crossed state lines before turning up in a crime. And over the past decade, the lethality of firearms has increased.

Can anything be done that preserves the right to own a gun while keeping innocents safe from gun violence? This memo explains ideas on guns that fall into three categories:

  • Dealing: Stemming the flow of guns from the legal market to the illegal market.
  • Data: Giving law enforcement the information to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and off the black market.
  • Design: Making it harder for a stolen or borrowed gun to cause carnage.

These are the 3 Ds of gun safety.

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