Number of gun related suicides in Austria has fallen since tightening of gun controls

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 06 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:471
  1. Jane Burgermeister
  1. Vienna

    The number of homicides and suicides involving firearms has fallen dramatically in Austria since gun control laws were tightened in 1997, concludes a study in the British Journal of Psychiatry (2007;191:253-7).

    In 1997 the Austrian government tightened its legislation on firearms in line with a European Council directive on controlling the acquisition and possession of weapons.

    The study also found that the fall in the number of firearm related suicides was not associated with an …

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