Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Background Checks Fact Sheet and Charts

Feb 28, 2013, 16:12 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns

NEW YORK, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  The following is released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns:

Dear Editors and Producers,

On behalf of a bipartisan coalition of more than 850 Mayors Against Illegal Guns and more than 1.2 million Americans who strongly support expanded background checks to reduce the gun violence that murders 33 Americans every day, I want to call your attention to the following resources:

  • A fact sheet that details how the background check and record-keeping system works — and how over 6 million guns are sold each year in the US without a background check. 
  • Charts that show how gun background checks reduce crime and save lives.
  • Missouri-specific charts as a case study on what happens when a state goes from requiring background checks for all sales to not requiring them anymore.  (Hint: homicides and trafficking increase.)  

I also wanted to flag a recent New York Times editorial that emphasizes the importance of passing a strong background check bill that requires records keeping.

Background checks are the single most effective answer to the gun violence epidemic – and the only systematic way to stop felons, domestic abusers, and other dangerous people from buying guns.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.


Erika Soto Lamb 
Communications Director 
Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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