Gun control and suicide in Ontario

Am J Psychiatry. 1994 Apr;151(4):606-8. doi: 10.1176/ajp.151.4.606.


To assess the impact of the 1978 Canadian gun control law on suicide rates in Ontario, the authors compared firearm and nonfirearm suicide rates for 1965-1977 with those for 1979-1989. There was a decrease in level and trend over time of firearm and total suicide rates and no indication of substitution of other methods. These decreases may be only partly due to the legislation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Canada / epidemiology
  • Firearms / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Ontario / epidemiology
  • Regression Analysis
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data*
  • Suicide / trends