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Do gun buybacks save lives? Evidence from panel data

Leigh, Andrew; Neill, Christine


In 1997, Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth (and nearly halved the number of gun-owning house-holds). Using differences across states, we test whether the reduction in firearms availability affected homicide and suicide rates. We find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates. The effect on firearm homicides is of similar magnitude but is less...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: American Law and Economics Review
DOI: 10.1093/aler/ahq014


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