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


  • Mark Gius


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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  • Mark Gius, 2009. "The effect of gun ownership rates on homicide rates: a state-level analysis," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(17), pages 1687-1690.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:16:y:2009:i:17:p:1687-1690
    DOI: 10.1080/13504850701675508

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    1. Wolfgang Stroebe, 2014. "Firearm possession and violent death: A critical review," CREMA Working Paper Series 2014-07, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).

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