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, 8 (4), 361-74

Gun Control and Suicide: Possible Impact of Canadian Legislation to Ensure Safe Storage of Firearms

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Gun Control and Suicide: Possible Impact of Canadian Legislation to Ensure Safe Storage of Firearms

Jean Caron. Arch Suicide Res.

Abstract

In 1992, the Canadian Firearms Act aimed at ensuring safe storage of firearms was promulgated. This study compares suicide methods 6 years prior to the enactment of the law and 5 years after its enactment. The study encompassed 426 suicide cases from Abitibi-Témiscamingue (Northern Quebec), the region with the highest suicide rate and the highest firearm suicide rate in Quebec. Suicide by firearms decreased in the male and female population. Suicide by hanging increased among youths of both sexes, and suicide by poisoning doubled in the female population. A decrease in firearm suicides was most noticeable in the under-25 age group, although it was in this same age group that the general suicide rate increased the most. The reduction of firearm suicides was not accompanied by a decrease in overall suicide rates.

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