Professor Philip J. Cook To Speak On Underground Gun Markets

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Philip J. Cook

Who: Philip J. Cook, ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University

When: 12:00 – 1:00 pm, April 13, 2015

Where: Room 208, Fagin Hall, University of Pennsylvania

It is a commonplace observation that in a nation with 300 million guns in private hands, it’s impossible to keep guns away from those who want them. Gang members and other dangerous criminals will not be deterred by regulations designed to keep them out, because they will find ready sources in the underground market. However, much of the evidence suggests otherwise – that in fact both regulation and gun prevalence influence criminals’ choice of weapons. This talk will review some of that evidence and discuss current projects underway to learn more about the underground market. The UPenn PRC is cosponsoring this event in conjunction with the Penn Injury Science Forum.