Gun ownership is higher in Nevada than the national average, and some experts say that fact alone goes a long way toward explaining the state’s historically high rate of suicide.

About 37.5 percent of Nevadans owned a gun in 2013, compared with 29 percent on average in the U.S., according to a 2015 Columbia University report published in the journal Injury Prevention.

Matthew Miller, a Harvard professor who has studied gun ownership’s link to suicide, said research has shown that access to a firearm increases suicide risk.

“It’s not just an association,” he said.

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