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

24 Pages Posted: 11 Dec 2018

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Griffin Sims Edwards

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Department of Marketing, Industrial Distribution & Economics

Erik Nesson

Ball State University - Department of Economics

Joshua J. Robinson

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Fredrick Vars

Independent

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Date Written: December 2018

Abstract

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 statistically significant changes in homicide rates.

Suggested Citation

Edwards, Griffin Sims and Nesson, Erik and Robinson, Joshua J. and Vars, Fredrick, Looking Down the Barrel of a Loaded Gun: The Effect of Mandatory Handgun Purchase Delays on Homicide and Suicide (December 2018). The Economic Journal, Vol. 128, Issue 616, pp. 3117-3140, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3298984 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12567

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Erik Nesson

Ball State University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Joshua J. Robinson

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Fredrick Vars

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