Study suggests Massachusetts gun control legislation led to no reduction in violent crime

According to a study appearing in Justice Quarterly, gun control legislation passed in Massachusetts to help curb gun violence in communities was indicated to not have had any immediate impact.

Conducted by a researcher at American University, the findings suggest that following the passing of legislation on gun control in 2014, its efficacy in reducing gun violence was inadequate.

“Gun violence remains at the forefront of the public policy debate when it comes to enacting new or strengthening existing gun legislation in the United States,” said one author of the study in a news release.

“Yet the political polarization and relatively limited scholarly research on guns and gun violence make it difficult for policymakers and practitioners to enact and implement legislation that addresses the public health and safety issues associated with gun violence.”

All in all, researchers examined data from the Firearms Records Bureau between 2006 to 2016, establishing mixed findings on gun control legislation and the effectiveness of Massachusetts’ law.

“Using fixed-effects negative binomial regression models, the findings show no immediate impact on violent crimes. While there is no statistically significant association between the passage of the gun legislation and most violent crimes, the models for robbery indicate a small increase in robberies while controlling for other variables,” the findings say.

“The findings are consistent with those in other studies and future studies should explore long-term effects following the passage of the legislation.”

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