According to the Los Angeles Times (3/10, Healy) in “Science Now,” investigators “at Boston University have identified specific state laws that, if implemented across the nation, might dramatically reduce the death toll from gun violence.” The “three initiatives” tied to “robust declines in suicides, homicides and fatal accidental shootings” include “universal background checks for firearms sales, background checks on those buying ammunition, and a requirement that gun owners get their firearms microchipped or ‘fingerprinted’ for identification purposes,” the report published online March 10 in The Lancet reveals. Were all three initiatives enacted across the US, “the number of gun deaths…might decline by as much as 90%.”
The Washington Post (3/10, Johnson) “Wonkblog” reports that the author of an accompanying comment “questioned” the “finding that nine minor laws might increase firearm fatalities, such as police inspection of firearm dealers or required theft reporting by gun dealers.” But, rather than putting “too much importance to those findings,” the editorialist “thinks it’s reasonable to look at the study as yet another piece of supporting evidence for the broader idea gun control works.”
— “Aiming to drive down gun deaths? Put these three laws on the books, researchers say,” Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2016.