Gun Background Checks Help to Save Lives

Families Of Gun Violence Victims, Gun Owners, And Elected Officials Hold Rally To Back Common-Sense Gun Laws, Urge Senators Isakson And Chambliss To Support Background Checks

Evidence demonstrates that background checks help save lives. In states that already require background checks for all handgun sales:

  • Gun trafficking was 48 percent lower than in states that fail to require background checks for all handgun sales.
  • The rate of women murdered by an intimate partner with a gun was 38 percent lower than in other states, while the rate murdered by other means was nearly identical.
  • The firearm suicide rate was 49 percent lower than in other states, even though people committed suicide in other ways at almost precisely the same rate.
  • Thirty-nine percent fewer law enforcement officers were shot to death with handguns.