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Firearm Laws and Firearm Homicides

Firearm Laws and Firearm Homicides Key PointsQuestionWhat are the effects of firearm laws on firearm homicides in the United States? FindingsWe found evidence that stronger firearm laws are associated with reductions in firearm homicide rates. The strongest evidence is for laws that strengthen background checks and that require a permit to purchase a firearm. The effect of many of the other specific types of laws is uncertain, specifically laws to curb gun trafficking, improve child safety, ban military-style assault weapons, and restrict firearms in public places. MeaningGiven the magnitude and gravity of firearm homicides in the United States, effective legal and public health policies and adequate funding to enable high-quality research are essential. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Internal Medicine American Medical Association

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2016 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
ISSN
2168-6106
eISSN
2168-6114
DOI
10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.7051
pmid
27842178
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Abstract

Key PointsQuestionWhat are the effects of firearm laws on firearm homicides in the United States? FindingsWe found evidence that stronger firearm laws are associated with reductions in firearm homicide rates. The strongest evidence is for laws that strengthen background checks and that require a permit to purchase a firearm. The effect of many of the other specific types of laws is uncertain, specifically laws to curb gun trafficking, improve child safety, ban military-style assault weapons, and restrict firearms in public places. MeaningGiven the magnitude and gravity of firearm homicides in the United States, effective legal and public health policies and adequate funding to enable high-quality research are essential.

Journal

JAMA Internal MedicineAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jan 14, 2017

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