Recent Publications

A list of published articles on gun policies and firearm-related injury and mortality.

In-State and Interstate Associations Between Gun Shows and Firearm Deaths and Injuries: A Quasi-Experimental Study

Matthay EC, et al., Annals of Internal Medicine, October 2017

This article examines the temporal relationship between gun shows in Nevada and California and the incidence of firearm-related injuries and deaths. It finds a positive relationship between gun shows in Nevada and the incidence of firearm-related injuries and deaths in the ensuing two weeks, but no such relationship is present in California. The authors conclude that California's strict gun laws explain the difference in observations between the two states.

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Loaded Handgun Carrying Among US Adults, 2015

Rowhani-Rahbar A, et al., American Journal of Public Health, October 2017

This article reports the results of a survey of concealed handgun ownership and carrying at the state level in 2015.

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Comprehensive Background Check Policy and Firearm Background Checks in Three US States

Castillo-Carniglia A, et al., Injury Prevention, October 2017

This article examines changes in the number of background checks conducted in three states following the implementation of a comprehensive background check law. It reports a significant increase in background checks in Delaware, but not in Washington or Colorado. The authors suggest that non-compliance in Washington and Colorado explains these findings.

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Rising Longitudinal Trajectories in Suicide Rates: The Role of Firearm Suicide Rates and Firearm Legislation

Anestis MD, et al., Preventive Medicine, July 2017

This article examines trends in overall, firearm-related, and non-firearm-related suicide rates in the United States during the period 1999-2015 in relation to state universal background check and mandatory waiting period laws. It concludes that the absence of universal background check and mandatory waiting period laws is associated with more pronounced increases in suicide rates over the study period.

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Firearm Legislation and Fatal Police Shootings in the United States

Kivisto AJ, et al., American Journal of Public Health, July 2017

This article examines the relationship between the overall strength of state firearm laws and the rate of fatal police shootings in 2015-2016, reporting that states with stronger laws experience significantly lower rates of fatal police shootings.

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Right-to-Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment Using Panel Data and a State-Level Synthetic Controls Analysis

Donohue JJ, et al., National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper Series, June 2017

This article examines the relationship between “shall issue” laws and violent crime rates, finding no evidence that these laws reduce rates of violent crime.

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A Longitudinal Ecological Study of Household Firearm Ownership and Firearm-Related Deaths in the United States from 1999 through 2014: A Specific Focus on Gender, Race, and Geographic Variables

Geier DA, et al., Preventive Medicine Reports, June 2017

This article examines the relationship between levels of gun ownership, gender, race, and location (Census tract and level of urbanization) and variations in the proportion of deaths following assaults with a firearm and law enforcement incidents involving a firearm.

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US Public Opinion on Carrying Firearms in Public Places

Wolfson JA, et al., American Journal of Public Health, June 2017

This article reports the results of a national online survey of U.S. adults to ascertain their opinions regarding whether carrying firearms should be allowed in various public places. It finds that a majority of respondents, including gun owners, support limitations on public places where guns may be carried.

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The True Effect of Mass Shootings on Americans

Webster DW, Annals of Internal Medicine, May 2017

This article discusses the relationship between mass shootings and the overall rates of firearm-related mortality in the United States.

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Handgun Acquisitions in California after Two Mass Shootings

Studdert DM, et al., Annals of Internal Medicine, May 2017

This article uses time-series analysis to detect large, but short-lived increases in handgun purchases directly after the mass shootings in Newtown and San Bernardino.

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