Study Suggests Gun Possession May Not Protect Against Assault


Study suggests gun possession may not protect against assaultResearchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that guns did not appear to protect those who possessed them from being shot in an assault.

The study, which is scheduled to be published in November in the American Journal of Public Health, relied on the review of 677 randomly selected cases of Philadelphia residents who were shot in an assault from 2003 to 2006. The researchers found that 6 percent of victims in these cases were in possession of a gun (such as in a holster, pocket, waistband, or vehicle) when they were shot.

"This study should be the beginning of a better investment in gun injury research through various government and private agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control," says Charles C. Branas, associate professor of epidemiology at the school.

He adds that in the past such agencies have not been legally allowed to fund studies which would affect the passage of specific legislation intended to restrict access to firearms.

Similar studies, however, are unlikely to affect the mission of organizations which claim that access to arms is a constitutional right of every American.

Recently, the Second Amendment Foundation has announced it will be joining in a federal lawsuit to validate the principles and terms of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, which took effect on Oct. 1.

The act declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are not subject to any federal authority under the power given to Congress in the U.S. Constitution to regulate commerce among states.

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