Handguns, gun control laws and firearm violence

Category: Crime, Firearm Availability, Firearm Policies|Journal: Social Problems|Author: D Murray|Posted On: January 01,1975

This paper explores the relationship between access to handguns, gun control laws, and the incidence of violence associated with firearms. Utilizing F. B. I. data, census materials, vital statistics and Harris and Gallup surveys in a multiple regression statistical framework, gun control laws have no significant effect on rates of violence beyond what can be attributed to background social conditions. This lack of effect may be due to the laws not effectively controlling access to firearms. The data supported this contention. Finally, differential access to handguns seems to have no effect on rates of violent crime and firearms accidents, another reason why gun control laws are ineffective.