The Impact of Banning Juvenile Gun Possession

Posted: 23 Sep 2001


A 1994 federal law bans possession of handguns by persons under 18 years old. Also in 1994, 11 states passed their own juvenile gun possession bans, and 18 states had previously passed bans, 15 between 1975 and 1993. These laws were intended to reduce homicides, but arguments can be made that they have no impacts on various measures, primarily juvenile gun homicide and suicide victimizations, using a fixed effects research design, with state-leel data for a least 19 years. The analysis compares impact on gun versus non-gun homicides and gun versus non-gun suicides. Even with many different crime measures and regression specifications, there is scant evidence that the laws have the intended effect, reducing gun homicides.

Suggested Citation

Marvell, Thomas B., The Impact of Banning Juvenile Gun Possession. Available at SSRN:

Thomas B. Marvell (Contact Author)

Justec Research ( email )

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Williamsburg, VA 23185
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