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Evaluating Boston's Gun Buyback Program

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The available evaluation literature suggests that gun buyback programs are not effective in reducing gun violence. However, many communities still adopt these approaches to deal with gun violence problems. This paper presents an evaluation of a gun buyback program initiated in Boston during the summer of 2006 to address a sharp increase in gang-related gun violence. We evaluate the program along four dimensions: 1) statistical analyses of gun homicides, gun suicides, and non-fatal shootings before and after the program was implemented, 2) an examination of ATF trace data to determine whether the buyback guns resemble Boston crime guns, 3) an analysis of ballistics imaging data to determine whether buyback guns had been used in prior gun crimes, and 4) qualitative interviews with community members, local politicians, and Boston police officers to determine whether the program had any non-crime control benefits such as improving police-community relations.
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Braga, Anthony. and Hureau, David. "Evaluating Boston's Gun Buyback Program" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia, Nov 13, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p205475_index.html>

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Braga, A. and Hureau, D. , 2007-11-13 "Evaluating Boston's Gun Buyback Program" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CRIMINOLOGY, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, Georgia <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p205475_index.html

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Abstract: The available evaluation literature suggests that gun buyback programs are not effective in reducing gun violence. However, many communities still adopt these approaches to deal with gun violence problems. This paper presents an evaluation of a gun buyback program initiated in Boston during the summer of 2006 to address a sharp increase in gang-related gun violence. We evaluate the program along four dimensions: 1) statistical analyses of gun homicides, gun suicides, and non-fatal shootings before and after the program was implemented, 2) an examination of ATF trace data to determine whether the buyback guns resemble Boston crime guns, 3) an analysis of ballistics imaging data to determine whether buyback guns had been used in prior gun crimes, and 4) qualitative interviews with community members, local politicians, and Boston police officers to determine whether the program had any non-crime control benefits such as improving police-community relations.

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