Academic Studies on the Effects of Laws and Policies on Gun Violence

Do gun laws have an effect on gun violence?  This is one of the most debated questions related to gun policy and efforts to reform or tighten existing gun laws.  As a result, this topic has been researched extensively from everyone from medical researchers to epidemiologists, to public health experts, to economists.  The answer to the question is a resounding “yes.”  There is undoubtedly a relationship between laws and policies related to firearms and the frequency, rate, and lethality of gun violence.

Below are a series of academic research studies and publications related to the effect of laws and policies on gun violence.

America Under Fire – An Analysis o Gun Violence in the United States and the Link to Weak Gun Laws
The Center for American Progress
October 2016

Firearm legislation and firearm mortality in the USA: a cross-sectional, state-level study
The Lancet
April 2016

Frozen Funding on Firearm Research: “Doing Nothing Is No Longer an Acceptable Solution”
Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
January 2016

Gun Violence—Risk, Consequences, and Prevention
American Journal of Epidemiology
February 2016

Epidemiologic Evidence to Guide the Understanding and Prevention of Gun Violence
Epidemiological Reviews
February 2016

Effects of Policies Designed to Keep Firearms from High-Risk Individuals
Annual Review of Public Health
January 2015

Association Between Connecticut’s Permit-to-Purchase Handgun Law and Homicides
American Journal of Public Health
April 2015

Effect of Gun Culture and Firearm Laws on Gun Violence and Mass Shootings in the United States: A Multi-Level Quantitative Analysis
International Journal of Criminal Justice Sciences
June 2014

Effects of the Repeal of Missouri’s Handgun Purchaser Licensing Law on Homicides
Journal of Urban Health
April 2014

Curbing Gun Violence Lessons From Public Health Successes
Journal of the American Medical Association
February 2013

Shooting Down the More Guns, Less Crime Hypothesis
National Bureau of Economic Research
November 2002