Gun Violence Resource Hub

Gun Dealer Records Maintenance
Type of Strategy:
Gun violence prevention area(s):

State laws may require licensed dealers to keep records for a specified time period, but federal law prohibits the federal government from retaining firearm sales records in a central repository, making gun tracing a slow and antiquated process. Records are most useful to law enforcement when they are accessible in one location (i.e., a central database). States that maintain accurate records of gun purchases can facilitate the identification of illegal gun sellers and purchases, and therefore improve the investigation of gun crime.

Helpful resources and citations:
Primary implementing agency:
  • Licensed gun dealers
Potential partnering agencies:
  • Law enforcement
Links to evaluation evidence:
  • None/inconclusive

PSN Pillars

Focused and Strategic Enforcement
Prevention and Intervention
  • Types of Strategy

  • Types of Gun Violence