Tougher gun licensing laws don’t make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain firearms, according to a new Northeastern study. “States are concerned that if they have a licensing provision, people will be denied their constitutional rights, and I think Massachusetts is a strong example showing that doesn’t have to be the case,” said lead author Jack McDevitt, director of Northeastern’s Institute on Race and Justice.
The national survey, which was led by Northeastern professor Matthew Miller and his colleagues at Harvard, also found that the share of gun owners who acquired firearms via private sale in the past two years without background checks was significantly larger in states without laws regulating such purchases.
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