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People with at least one misdemeanor conviction were more than 7 times more likely than those without a criminal history to be charged with a new crime after buying a new handgun.

Wintemute G., Drake C., Beaumont J., Wright M., & Parham C. “Prior Misdemeanor Convictions as a Risk Factor for Later Violent and Firearm-Related Criminal Activity Among Authorized Purchasers of Handguns”. JAMA . (1998).

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