Year: 2006 Source: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.40, no.3, (2006), p.253-259 SIEC No: 20070340

The impact of more restrictive firearms legislation on firearm suicide in New Zealand was examined. National suicide data were examined for 8 years before & 10 years following the introduction of the legislation. After legislation, the mean annual rate of firearm-related suicides decreased by 46% for the total population, 66% for youth (15-24 years), & 39% for adults. The fraction of all suicides accounted for by firearm-related suicides also reduced for all 3 populations. However, the introduction of firearms legislation was not associated with reductions in overall rates of suicide for all 3 populations. (25 refs.)