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Age restrictions for handguns make little difference in homicides

from Science Magazine

In the United States, individual state laws barring 18- to 20-year-olds from buying or possessing a handgun make little difference in the rate of homicides involving a gun by people in that age group, a new University of Washington study has found. “The central issue is that there’s a very high degree of informal access to firearms, such as through family members or illicit channels,” said Caitlin Moe, the study’s lead author and a PhD student in epidemiology in the UW School of Public Health. “And we can’t address that kind of availability with age limits.” more


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