Policy Spillover and Gun Migration: The Interstate Dynamics of State Gun Control Policies

  title={Policy Spillover and Gun Migration: The Interstate Dynamics of State Gun Control Policies},
  author={Michael T. Coates and Shanna Pearson-Merkowitzz},
  journal={Social Science Quarterly},
Objective In this article, we examine state policy spillover by examining how differences between state gun control policies affect the migration of guns between states with lax regulatory environments for gun purchasing and licensing to states with relatively strict regulatory environments. Method We test our hypothesis using data from 2007 to 2013 from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on the presence of criminal guns and from the Brady Campaign on state gun control laws… Expand

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