Year: 2009 Source: La Paz, Bolivia: Institute for Advanced Development Studies, (December 2009). 19p. SIEC No: 20100489

This study examines the relationship between state firearm regulations & suicide among American males, using negative binomial regression & state panel data for 1995-2004. Results suggest firearms regulations which function to reduce overall gun availability have a significant deterrent effect on suicide, while prohibited persons categories have less of an effect. Overall, results suggest gun control measures such as permit & licensing requirements might have public health benefits. (46 refs.)