Change in suicide rates in Switzerland before and after firearm restriction resulting from the 2003 “Army XXI” reform.

OBJECTIVE Firearms are the most common method of suicide among young men in Switzerland. From March 2003 through February 2004, the number of Swiss soldiers was halved as a result of an army reform (Army XXI), leading to a decrease in the availability of guns nationwide. The authors investigated the patterns of the overall suicide rate and the firearm… CONTINUE READING