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Journal cover: Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management

ISSN: 1363-951X
Previously published as: Police Studies: Intnl Review of Police Development
Incorporates: American Journal of Police

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Industry and Public Sector Management

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Sources of crime guns in Los Angeles, California

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Title:Sources of crime guns in Los Angeles, California
Author(s):Julius Wachtel, (Criminal investigator, US Treasury Department, California)
Citation:Julius Wachtel, (1998) "Sources of crime guns in Los Angeles, California", Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, Vol. 21 Iss: 2, pp.220 - 239
Keywords:Crime, Police, USA
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13639519810220127 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:There is agreement in the literature that offenders often acquire guns through unregulated private encounters with friends, family members and petty criminals. Although anecdotes suggest that licensed gun dealers also play a role, most studies have ignored or discounted the possibility that dishonest retailers are a significant source of supply. This effort explores gun markets in Los Angeles by examining the redistributive history of firearms seized by police and by reviewing Federal gun trafficking investigations. One finding, that corrupt licensed dealers diverted sizeable quantities of guns to end users and to unlicensed street vendors, suggests that retail sources may serve as a far more important source of firearms for criminals than is commonly supposed.

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