Human Behavior

States with background checks for those who buy guns and bullets also have fewer school shootings

States with background checks for those who buy guns and bullets also have fewer school shootings

An analysis of recent school shootings suggests a way to make them less likely: Mandatory background checks.

States that required background checks for gun buyers were about half as likely to experience a school shooting compared with states with no such requirement, a new study reports. In addition, the handful of states that forced people to submit to background checks before purchasing ammunition had dramatically lower odds of a school shooting.

The findings are based on an examination of 154 school shootings that occurred in the United States between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2015. The

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