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


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.

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