Originally Posted by Bones
In 1991, 15 years after Washington, D.C. banned handguns, researchers from the University of Maryland conducted a study to assess the impact of the ban. They tracked homicides and suicides in the district from 1968 to 1987 and found that homicides by firearm fell by 25 percent and suicides committed with firearms dropped by 23 percent. Murders and suicides committed by other means neither rose nor fell—in other words, people didn’t use other methods to commit an act they already wanted to commit. And there was no similar reduction found in the adjacent metropolitan areas in Maryland and Virginia.
this report says otherwise
Harvard Study: Gun Control Is Counterproductive | The American Civil Rights Union
i think as a whole, gun crime has been dropping across the US since the 90's. That's the last stat I remember reading anyways...