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Handgun Divestment and Suicide Risk

2018 Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $99,365
Focus Areas: Psychosocial Studies, Community Intervention Studies

Sonja Swanson, Sc.D.
Erasmus Medical Center (Netherlands)

Inside the Research

Question: Does handgun divestment reduce the risk of suicide among handgun owners?

Strategy: Building upon efforts from an on-going collaboration linking data spanning several decades from California’s records of sales and transfers of handguns and mortality records, a cohort study of over 1.5 million handgun owners will be conducted. Data will be analyzed to better understand predictors of who divests themselves of their guns and the effect of getting rid of guns on suicdie rates.

Impact: Better understanding of how to reduce firearm suicide.