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Oregon Ranks 18th In Nation For Strength Of Gun Laws

OPB | March 8, 2013 1:42 p.m. | Portland

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Oregon has the 18th most stringent gun laws in the nation — according to a new study published in the medical journal, JAMA.

The study’s lead author, Dr. Eric Fleegler, looked at the relationship between gun laws in each of the 50 states, and their respective rate of firearm death.

“And the main finding we found was that those states that have the greatest number of firearm related laws have the lowest firearm related mortality rate in the country.”

When comparing states with the most laws to states with the fewest, Fleegler says the difference in overall firearm deaths was 42 percent. 

The study split the laws into about 28 different types. But Fleegler says laws related to background checks and gun permits seemed to be the most effective at reducing both homicides and suicides.

The article appears in the March issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Medical Association.

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