Universal Background Checks for Handgun Purchases Can Reduce African American Homicide Rates


StartFragment

Although firearm homicide disproportionately affects African Americans, little is known about how universal background checks for handguns (UBG-HG) impacts African Americans.

Kaufman et al. examined the firearm homicide counts for African American and white populations in the 50 states, 1999-2017. Kaufman et al. found that the passage of UBC-HG was associated with a 19% decrease in African Americans firearm homicides. Ultimately it is suggested that expansion of UBC-HG may be an effective approach to reducing racial disparities in firearm homicides.

Go to Article

Back to News

  • Twitter Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
psom_logo_white_2x_edited.png

© 2020 THE TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA