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In an op-ed published Sunday, The New York Times highlights New Jersey’s “useful” one-gun-a-month law.The law, which was recently upheld by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, allows state residents to buy only one handgun a month, with some possible exemptions for collectors or competitive shooters.
The Times’ op-ed highlighted the effectiveness of such a law, pointing to the fact that “one-gun-a-month laws help by slowing the pace of weapon-gathering.”
New Jersey is one of three states to enforce one-gun-a-month laws.
Virginia recently repealed its law.
But before it did, the Times found that “in the four years before Virginia passed a one-gun law that took effect in 1993, 35 per cent of guns recovered in criminal investigations in Northeastern states, from New Jersey through Massachusetts, came from Virginia. Two years later, the figure was 16 per cent.”
After doing some supplementary research, we agree the one-gun-a-month policy seems sound.
After Virginia repealed its law, an angry Mayor Michael Bloomberg told CBS 6 News in March 2012 that “in the last two months alone we have had two police officers shot with illegal guns that came from Virginia.”
And at least one expert agrees.
Dana Schrad, the executive director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, told The Roanoke Times in January 2012 the policy served “as a balanced solution to help stem the flow of illegally purchased handguns from Virginia to other states.”
The police association voted against repealing the state’s law.
After reading the Times’ research and doing some of our own, a one-gun-per-month policy seems like at least part of the answer
If states are able to restrict the flow of guns making their way into the population, that will help limit traffickers’ supply chains.
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