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Handguns Account for Most Shootings but Are Only Half of Sales, Study Finds

November 07, 1996|From Times staff and wire reports

Handguns make up only half of the new gun sales in the United States but are involved in nearly 90% of shootings that result in emergency room visits, according to a new three-city survey.

The conclusion is part of a New England Journal of Medicine study that looked at gunshot wounds in Memphis, Tenn., Galveston, Texas, and Seattle between November 1992 and May 1994.

A team led by Dr. Arthur Kellermann of Emory University reported that the likelihood of being injured by a gun varied from city to city. The annual injury rate was 0.22% in Memphis, 0.14% in Galveston and 0.05% in Seattle.

They concluded that the overwhelming prevalence of handgun injuries was probably caused by "the ability of handguns to be concealed readily and their ease of use."

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