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New study links strict gun laws with fewer gun suicides

Jun 01, 2018 7:00 am

Sarah Roach is reporting for the Times Union New York has the third lowest gun suicide rate in the United States, which a gun violence-prevention advocacy group attributes to its strict gun control laws. A study by the Violence Policy Center found that states with relatively lax gun laws report some of the highest suicide rates in the country. Gun-violence experts said the study shows that overall suicide rates could drop if gun laws were tightened. “People need to understand the risk when they bring guns into the home,” Violence Policy Center Legislative Director Kristen Rand said. "Too many people think they're making themselves safer when they bring the gun into the home, but the opposite is true." Gun suicide deaths account for two-thirds of all gun deaths nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read the full story in the Times Union.