Stricter Gun Laws Mean Lower Suicide Rates

New York Times: “A new study has found that four gun laws are significantly associated with lower rates of firearm suicide … The study is in The American Journal of Public Health.”

“After controlling for population density, race and ethnicity, education, poverty and age, they found that each of the four laws was associated with a lower rate of suicide by gun as well as a lower overall rate of suicide.”

“In 11 states with waiting periods, the longer the waiting period, the lower the gun suicide rate. Compared with states without the laws, background checks were associated with a 53 percent lower gun suicide rate, gun locks with a 68 percent lower rate, and restrictions on open carrying a 42 percent lower rate.”

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