Advocates of gun control sometimes focus on restricting access to specific types of guns, such as assault weapons. How would gun ownership change in response to such regulations? To find out, Chicago Booth’s Bradley Shapiro and his coauthors took a market-research approach to assessing the likely outcomes of various gun-control policies. They find that, though it may be a huge political challenge, restricting access to handguns would have a greater impact on gun ownership than limiting assault weapons.

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