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Am J Psychiatry. 1990 Mar;147(3):342-6.

Guns and suicide: possible effects of some specific legislation.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego.

Abstract

The authors describe suicide rates in Toronto and Ontario and methods used for suicide in Toronto for 5 years before and after enactment of Canadian gun control legislation in 1978. They also present data from San Diego, Calif., where state laws attempt to limit access to guns by certain psychiatric patients. Both sets of data indicate that gun control legislation may have led to decreased use of guns by suicidal men, but the difference was apparently offset by an increase in suicide by leaping. In the case of men using guns for suicide, these data support a hypothesis of substitution of suicide method.

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PMID:
2309953
DOI:
10.1176/ajp.147.3.342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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