Does regulation matter? A cross‐national analysis of the impact of gun policies on homicide and suicide rates

  title={Does regulation matter? A cross‐national analysis of the impact of gun policies on homicide and suicide rates},
  author={Steffen Hurka and Christoph Knill},
  journal={Regulation \& Governance},
In this contribution, we evaluate the effectiveness of firearm regulations in curbing the number of homicides and suicides committed both with and without firearms. We develop a gun control index that enables us to compare the restrictiveness of firearm regulations across time and space. We model the effects of gun control on figures of (gun) homicide and (gun) suicide gained from public health records in 16 West European countries between 1980 and 2010. We thus shift the analytical focus away… 
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