A new study shows that gun restriction laws reduce firearm deaths

A new study shows that gun restriction laws reduce firearm deaths March 9, 2016
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photo credit: person with gun via photopin (license)

A new study released this week in the journal Epidemiologic Reviews by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health found that in countries that enacted laws that restricted gun purchasing and ownership, gun related deaths fell.

The research team looked at findings from 130 studies conducted from 1950 to 2014 in 10 countries that had overhauled their gun law, mostly in the developed world, including the U.S., Australia, and Austria. Countries that have been greatly affected by gun problems in the past or present.

“In most countries, we saw evidence of reduction in the firearm death rates after the enactment of firearm legislation”, said Julian Santaella-Tenorio, a doctoral student in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School and the study’s lead author.

However, the team has said that much more research is needed on types of laws, and ownership in general.

“While our review is not proof that gun laws reduce violence, and also taking into account that for some countries there are very few papers examining firearm laws effects, we did see evidence showing an association between firearm laws and a decline in firearm homicide and suicide rates,” noted Santaella-Tenorio.

“Since we limited our review to changes in firearm policy and not ownership in general or other types of policy, the debate should not end here.”

While this is not definitive, I do believe this is enough evidence to further the discussion on gun policy and shows that there is certainly a positive correlation between stricter gun purchasing and ownership laws.


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