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The effect of gun ownership rates on homicide rates: a state-level analysis

  • Mark Gius
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    The purpose of the present study is to examine the link between gun ownership rates and homicide rates. Using a very large cross-sectional survey dataset in order to obtain estimates for household-level gun ownership rates, and state-level data on homicides, the results indicate that gun ownership rates have a statistically significant and positive effect on the homicide rates at the 10% significance level. This result suggests that efforts to restrict access to firearms may reduce murders.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 16 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 17 ()
    Pages: 1687-1690

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:17:p:1687-1690
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