Narrator: This is Science Today. Federal law prohibits the legal sale of handguns to convicted felons. Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis says such gun control seems to be keeping firearms out of the hands of the wrong people.
Wintemute: We've just published a study showing that felons who tried to buy guns and who were told no because of their criminal record, actually had rates of gun crime and violent crime that were lower than people who had felony arrests but no felony convictions and who's purchases were allowed. So in that case, it appears that denial actually works.
Narrator: Until this study, there was no way to know if gun denial was affecting criminal activity.
Wintemute: We've known for a long time that seventy or eighty thousand felons at a minimum every year try to buy handguns through the legal process and are told that they cannot. Denying criminals the legal purchase of a gun appears to work.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.