Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have released a groundbreaking, comprehensive report that details how handguns in this country are bought and sold. Garen Wintemute, who directs the Violence Prevention Research Program, says although gun-related violence is a hot topic in public health, this is the most complete picture of handgun sales to date. Wintemute has been gathering data for years and is no stranger to controversial findings. In fact, previous research suggested gun owners who had a misdemeanor record were more likely to be arrested later for gun-related violence.
Wintemute: Now, some of the critics of this study said - to quote them directly - well, duh! What makes this important is the people we studied, people who legally bought handguns, the question that might arise from this simply is, should we be selling guns to these people?Narrator: Wintemute's latest study on overall sales will help policymakers in their efforts to reduce gun-related violence. For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.