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March 1, 2000

Gun Carrying and Homicide Prevention

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Sociology and Fels Center of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

JAMA. 2000;283(9):1193-1195. doi:10.1001/jama.283.9.1193

Societies with high gun densities have limited options for reducing gun homicide rates. One option is to ban gun ownership and confiscate or buy back all guns from the population. While this is politically unlikely in the United States, it has recently been done for certain kinds of weapons in Australia1 and England.2 No formal evaluations of the effects of these measures on gun violence are available, and the generalizability of any results would be limited by the low gun densities in those countries relative to countries with high gun densities and high homicide rates, like the United States.