Federal, state background check laws together cut teen gun carrying

Federal, state background check laws together cut teen gun carrying

(HealthDay)—The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) together with the universal background check (U/BC) significantly reduces gun carrying among adolescents, according to a study published online Dec. 2 in Pediatrics.

Lava R. Timsina, Ph.D., from Indiana University in Indianapolis, and colleagues examined whether NICS had an effect on gun carrying in a cross-sectional study using National Youth Risk Behavior Survey data from 1993 to 2017.

The researchers found that on average, 5.8 percent of the cohort reported carrying a gun. About 17 and 83 percent of the respondents who carried guns were from states with a U/BC provision at the point of sale and from states that did not have such laws, respectively. Gun carrying was reduced significantly with the NICS together with U/BCs (adjusted relative risk, 0.75; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.566 to 0.995; P = 0.046); however, the NICS independently did not reduce gun carrying (adjusted relative risk, 0.951; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.819 to 1.106; P = 0.516).

"Our findings suggest that federal systems for conducting do not independently reduce adolescent gun carrying on a national level," the authors write. "It is possible that both federal and state background check laws work together to reduce gun carrying in ."

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