Looking Down the Barrel of a Loaded Gun: The Effect of Mandatory Handgun Purchase Delays on Homicide and Suicide

@article{Edwards2018LookingDT,
  title={Looking Down the Barrel of a Loaded Gun: The Effect of Mandatory Handgun Purchase Delays on Homicide and Suicide},
  author={Griffin Sims Edwards and Erik T. Nesson and Joshua J. Robinson and Fredrick E. Vars},
  journal={Political Economy - Development: Public Service Delivery eJournal},
  year={2018}
}
We exploit within‐state variation across time in both the existence and length of statutory delays – both explicit wait periods and delays created by licensing requirements – between the purchase and delivery of a firearm to examine the effect of purchase delays on homicides and suicides. We find that the existence of a purchase delay reduces firearm‐related suicides by between 2% and 5% with no statistically significant increase in non‐firearm suicides. Purchase delays are not associated with… Expand
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