Harvard University Study: States With More Restrictive Gun Control Laws Have Less Shooting Deaths

by Colonel on March 9, 2013

“States with the most laws on gun ownership, including Massachusetts and New Jersey, have 42 percent lower rates of death from guns than those with the least restrictions, including Utah and Oklahoma, according to the study, published on Wednesday in the online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine.

Based on data from 2007 through 2010, the study looked at the relationship between the number of restrictions states placed on gun ownership — from background checks on gun buyers to bans on military-style assault weapons — and the number of gun-related homicides and suicides reported.

The most likely link between the strictness of a state’s gun regulations and the number of shootings was that in states with more restrictive gun control laws, fewer households own guns, the study’s lead author, Dr. Eric Fleeger, said on Thursday.

” — (Reporting By Scott Malone; Editing by Cynthia Johnston, Bob Burgdorfer and Leslie Adler), Copyright 2013 Thomson Reuters

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