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New Haven Official: Gun Buybacks Not Universal Cure to Violence, But Start Conversation

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5/24/2014 9:00 AM
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New Haven Register (May 24): “New Haven Official: Gun Buybacks Not Universal Cure to Violence, But Start Conversation"

Brian Smith, member of UNH's criminal justice faculty, comments on New Haven's plan to hold gun buybacks at regular intervals. He says that while buybacks are a “noble effort,” academic literature consistently shows they don’t reduce gun-related crimes and the only time it’s feasible that a buyback would entice a criminal is if the individual is looking for a “short term” money solution.

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