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Inj Prev. 2007 December; 13(6): 425.
PMCID: PMC2598314

Laws slashing ranks of gun dealers

The USA once had more gun dealers than gas stations, but now only five states do: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming.

The Violence Policy Center reports that the number of gun dealers in the USA has dropped by 194 998 since 1994. The study (see http://vpc.org/studies/dealers07.pdf) found that the number of basic federal licences required to sell guns in the USA plummeted 79% from 245 628 in 1994 to 50 630 in 2007.

California posted the largest decrease in the number of gun dealers, dropping from 20 148 in 1994 to 2120 in 2007—a decrease of 89%.

The drop in the number of gun dealers coincides with a continuing decline in household gun ownership. According to National Opinion Research Center data, the percentage of US households that reported having any guns in the home dropped from 43.9% in 1994 to 34.5% in 2006.

For the full press release visit http://www.vpc.org/press/0708ffl.htm. Contributed by Peter Jacobsen.


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