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Audience members pick up toy guns put on display by the Boston Police Department at a gathering of Boston faith leaders on July 9th, 2015 calling attention to the potential dangers of toy or replica firearms.  The new study out from BU on Thursday looks at how different state gun laws effect firearm mortality. (Hadley Green for WBUR)
Audience members pick up toy guns put on display by the Boston Police Department at a gathering of Boston faith leaders on July 9th, 2015 calling attention to the potential dangers of toy or replica firearms. The new study out from BU on Thursday looks at how different state gun laws effect firearm mortality. (Hadley Green for WBUR)
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According to study published in the journal Lancet this week, firearm related deaths could be reduced by 90 percent — from 30,000 a year to just 3,000 -- with the passage of just three gun safety laws.

Those three laws would require more background checks for both gun and ammunition purchases, and more rigorous tracing of guns. Some gun policy experts call the research flawed and biased.

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Bindu Kalesan, Director of the Evan's Center for Translational Epidemiology and Comparative Effectiveness Research at Boston University.

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Lancet: Firearm Legislation And Firearm Mortality In The USA: A Cross-sectional, State-level Study

  • "In an effort to reduce firearm mortality rates in the USA, US states have enacted a range of firearm laws to either strengthen or deregulate the existing main federal gun control law, the Brady Law. We set out to determine the independent association of different firearm laws with overall firearm mortality, homicide firearm mortality, and suicide firearm mortality across all US states. We also projected the potential reduction of firearm mortality if the three most strongly associated firearm laws were enacted at the federal level."

Lancet Commentary: Firearm Legislation And Mortality In The USA

  • "Although not the final word, the study by Kalesan and colleagues is a step in the right direction of trying to bring more scientific evidence to bear on the types of policies that could be most effective in reducing the serious gun-violence problem in the USA."

The Boston Globe's STAT: Could Just Three Laws Reduce Gun Deaths By 90 Percent?

  • "Implementing more background checks and tracing guns more rigorously across the United States could reduce firearm fatalities by 90 percent, a new study claims. But some gun policy scholars say the research is flawed and biased."

This segment aired on March 11, 2016.

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