The Harvard Injury Control Research Center, commenting on a Washington Post Fact Checker critique of a statement by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton n gun policy, contends that Clinton’s “larger point” was correct: that about 40 percent of gun transfers in the U.S. don’t involve a background check. Clinton said that 40 percent of guns are sold at gun shows and online. Center staffers Deborah Azrael and Matthew Miller say Clinton erred by omitting the fact that some of the gun transfers without checks involve retail sales, inheritances and trades.
Azrael and Miller say the Post’s critique “was a distraction from Clinton's key message that in a country in which 90 people a day die by gunfire, all gun transfers should involve a background check. Based on our most recent survey, among the estimated 50 million-plus guns most recently acquired, roughly 20 million are in the possession of people whose legal right to have them is unknown.” The center staffers say those guns are more likely to be misused, stolen, or sold in underground markets.