Year: 1998 Source: Psychiatric Quarterly, v.69, no.2, (Summer 1998), p.127-134 SIEC No: 19980898

The authors review recent literature examining the impact of gun control legislation on suicide rates. Literature from 1982 through March 1997 was examined. Suicide rates typically decreased following implementation of a variety of firearm control laws. Firearm restrictions may decrease the ready accessibility of firearms enough to allow the peak period of suicidality to pass. It is concluded that the findings support gun control measures as a strategy for reducing suicide rates. (32 refs.)