Alcohol & Firearms

The CUSP database documents whether liquor and firearms stores remained open during the beginning of the pandemic, the period of non-essential business closures and stay-at-home orders. Longitudinal data from the Understanding America Study indicates that mental distress spiked during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, and these policies might have affected whether people turned to alcohol or firearms – and self-inflicted or interpersonal violence – during this period of distress.