Gun ownership and suicide in the United States

Psychol Med. 1989 May;19(2):519-21. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700012551.


The circulation of firearm magazines was used as an index of gun ownership in the states of the USA. States with a higher per capita circulation of firearm magazines had higher suicide rates by gun and higher overall suicide rates. Homicide rates were unrelated to this measure of gun availability. Implications for the prevention of suicide are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Homicide
  • Humans
  • Risk Factors
  • Suicide / mortality*
  • United States
  • Wounds, Gunshot / mortality*