New Studies Will Focus on Reducing Guns' Toll, Not on Banning Them

Gun Research Enters a New Era 1

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Timothy Hewlin took part in a march for gun control in January. His 16-year-old son was killed last year at a high school in Chardon, Ohio.

Stephen P. Teret was just starting out as a law student in Manhattan, more than 40 years ago, when he got a real-life lesson in the hidden complexities of gun policy.

To help the district attorney's office, the young Mr. Teret was asked to review the police-arrest reports stacking up in an overburdened courthouse and decide if each of the alleged crimes should be prosecuted as a felony—meaning a potential loss of gun-ownership rights—or moved along quickly as a