Berkeley Study Links Firearm Injury Rate To Gun Show Activity

A new study by researchers at the UC Berkeley has discovered that gun shows held in Nevada correlate to spikes in gun-related injuries in California.

            According to the study, which was published this week in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the rate of injuries in California communities near Nevada towns and cities that have recently held guns shows spiked by more than 60% in the days after such an event There is not a similar spike from nearby gun shows held in California.

            The study used gunshot fatality and injury data from 2005 to 2013 from the California Department of Public Health and hospital emergency room data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. The time period studied is two weeks after a Nevada gun show, and 24 days after an event in California. The different times is due to a 10-day waiting period to obtain a gun in California. Nevada has no such prohibition. Data was extrapolated to include communities with a 60-minute to 120-minute drive to such gun shows. Altogether, 915 gun shows were studied, with 640 in California and 275 in Nevada.

            Gunshot injuries were 0.67 per 100,000 in California communities prior to a nearby Nevada gun show, but climbed to 1.14 per 100,000 for the time period studied.

            “Although we did not formally assess the effect or enforcement of firearm policies in either state, the absence of an increase in firearm injuries after California gun shows may be evidence that California's strict regulatory environment, both gun show–related and otherwise, mitigates potential risk from gun shows through deterrence,” the study’s authors concluded.

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