Los Angeles gun buyback event
Los Angeles gun buyback event, May 16, 2018. (Eric Garcetti / Flickr / Creative Commons)

Gun Buybacks: What the Research Says

The thinking among academics has shifted a bit in the past few years when it comes to gun buybacks. Garen Winmute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis, told the news outlet Governing in 2013 that violent crime rates might not be the best measure of success for gun buybacks, and that community engagement and education on gun safety during buybacks also have value.

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