NBER Study: Gun Buybacks Do Not Reduce Violence or Suicides

Most gun community members already know that gun buyback programs (GBPs) are always expensive colossal failures. A new study analyzing data from the National Incident-Based Reporting System reaffirmed this belief. The study found that gun buyback programs were ineffective in preventing crimes or suicides.


The paper submitted to the National Bureau of Economic Research, however, suggested that GBPs could reduce violence if “marginal criminals who would otherwise commit firearm-related crime sell their firearms to local governments and eschew criminal activity.”


Unfortunately, criminals rarely surrender their weapons unless dumping them to safely destroy any evidence of their involvement in crimes. This is possible because most GBPs operate under a “no questions asked” policy.

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