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Regional differences in the impact of the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida.
Prev Med 2018; 115:68-75PM

Abstract

In October 2005, Florida relaxed restrictions on the use of lethal force in self-defense with the Florida stand your ground law (SYG). We examined whether and how the impact of the Florida SYG varied based on the demographic and economic conditions of each of its counties. Using data from the Florida Universal Crime Reports on homicides and firearm homicides from 1999 to 2014, we found that the impact differed significantly by county urbanization, unemployment, and pre-law homicide rates. The largest increases in homicide and firearm homicide occurred in proportionally safer, richer, and less ethnically diverse suburban counties. These findings reveal that the law may have had the opposite effect than intended, and more strongly impacted counties considered safe, suburban and economically successful.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Pennsylvania, United States of America. Electronic address: bukert@wharton.upenn.edu.University of Pennsylvania, United States of America.University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30144485

Citation

Ukert, Benjamin, et al. "Regional Differences in the Impact of the "Stand Your Ground" Law in Florida." Preventive Medicine, vol. 115, 2018, pp. 68-75.
Ukert B, Wiebe DJ, Humphreys DK. Regional differences in the impact of the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida. Prev Med. 2018;115:68-75.
Ukert, B., Wiebe, D. J., & Humphreys, D. K. (2018). Regional differences in the impact of the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida. Preventive Medicine, 115, pp. 68-75. doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2018.08.010.
Ukert B, Wiebe DJ, Humphreys DK. Regional Differences in the Impact of the "Stand Your Ground" Law in Florida. Prev Med. 2018;115:68-75. PubMed PMID: 30144485.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Regional differences in the impact of the "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida. AU - Ukert,Benjamin, AU - Wiebe,Douglas J, AU - Humphreys,David K, Y1 - 2018/08/23/ PY - 2018/05/07/received PY - 2018/07/31/revised PY - 2018/08/21/accepted PY - 2018/8/26/pubmed PY - 2019/6/14/medline PY - 2018/8/26/entrez KW - Economics KW - Firearm homicide KW - Florida KW - Homicide KW - Rural KW - Stand your ground law KW - Unemployment KW - Urban SP - 68 EP - 75 JF - Preventive medicine JO - Prev Med VL - 115 N2 - In October 2005, Florida relaxed restrictions on the use of lethal force in self-defense with the Florida stand your ground law (SYG). We examined whether and how the impact of the Florida SYG varied based on the demographic and economic conditions of each of its counties. Using data from the Florida Universal Crime Reports on homicides and firearm homicides from 1999 to 2014, we found that the impact differed significantly by county urbanization, unemployment, and pre-law homicide rates. The largest increases in homicide and firearm homicide occurred in proportionally safer, richer, and less ethnically diverse suburban counties. These findings reveal that the law may have had the opposite effect than intended, and more strongly impacted counties considered safe, suburban and economically successful. SN - 1096-0260 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30144485/Regional_differences_in_the_impact_of_the_"Stand_Your_Ground"_law_in_Florida_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0091-7435(18)30241-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -