Special Reports

The Way of the Gun: Estimating Firearms Traffic Across the U.S.-Mexico Border 

Topher McDougal, David A. Shirk, Robert Muggah, and John Patterson

March 2013

“The Way of the Gun” is a co-authored report that uses a unique econometric approach to estimate the demand for firearms in Mexico by examining the distribution of retail gun distributors throughout the United States. Based on the heavy concentration of gun dealers along the border, the authors are able to estimate a total demand for trafficking across the border, both in terms of firearms and dollar sales for the firearms industry.


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