Study shows that gun purchase delays can reduce suicide rates

Study shows that gun purchase delays can reduce suicide rates

Joshua Robinson, Ph.D. On average, 36 firearm-related homicides occur every day and an additional 60 individuals die from firearm-related suicides, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention . A study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham found that purchase delay reduces firearm-related suicides between 2 and 5 percent. “Self-inflicted gunshots kill more Americans every day,” said Griffin Edwards, Ph.D., lead author of the paper and professor in the UAB Collat School of Business . “We wanted to look at ways to reduce these common and oftentimes more costly sources of firearm-related deaths. Our study looks at delaying the purchase of a handgun in correlation with the reduction of firearm-related suicide rates.” The study, published in The Economic Journal , found that gun purchase waiting periods do not prevent homicides; but they can save hundreds of lives each year — maybe even thousands — that suicide would have ended. Sophisticated statistical analysis is used to connect changes in states’ waiting period laws to changes in homicide and suicide rates over the period from 1990-2013. Investigators found substantial reductions in gun-related suicide deaths, with no corresponding increase in other forms of suicide. “There were 32 states without a mandatory purchase delay when we conducted the study,” Edwards said. “If these states were to adopt one handgun purchase delay policy, an estimated 600 lives per year could be saved.” The study estimates the effect reliably only for handgun waiting periods. If these laws were to apply to rifles and […]

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