Firearm availability and the incidence of suicide and homicide

Acta Psychiatr Belg. 1988;88(5-6):387-93.


The present studied explored the validity of several indirect measures of firearm ownership in the states of the USA: the percentage of homicides and suicides committed with firearms, the accidental death rate from firearms, the strictness of state handgun control laws, and subscription rates to firearm magazines. These measures were then correlated with rates of suicide and homicide, and it was found that states with a greater availability of firearms had higher firearm suicide rates and higher firearm homicide rates.

MeSH terms

  • Firearms*
  • Homicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States / epidemiology