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The effect of gun control laws on suicide rates


This paper has analyzed a number of gun control laws in different states and found that as a group the laws were significantly correlated with the suicide rates in those states. In other words, strict gun control may have a preventive effect on suicidal behavior, a conclusion supportive of Boyd's view.

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Sommers, P.M. The effect of gun control laws on suicide rates. Atlantic Economic Journal 12, 67–69 (1984).

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  • International Economic
  • Public Finance
  • Suicidal Behavior
  • Suicide Rate
  • Preventive Effect