A new study to be published today undertaken by the Criminology Department of the University of Liege, has shown that there is no link between gun ownership rates and homicide rates.
The study, funded by WFSA but conducted independently, shows that there is no scientific evidence proving that stricter regulations and a reduction in the quantity and type of legal firearms have any effect on homicides, crime and terrorism.
The study examined data from 52 countries including New Zealand, but excluding the USA.
An executive summary of the study may be read here
This article will consider the implications of publicly available submissions recently made to the Select Committee on Illegal Firearms, as they may affect licensed arms owners. It will do this by addressing what appear to be widely held concerns about the private ownership of firearms. It is important to keep in mind however, that most of the incidents which have led to this inquiry have a connection with illicit drugs and people not authorised to hold firearms. Read more here.
Professor K Clements
National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
University of Otago
P O Box 56 09 NOV 2016
Dear Dr Clements,
Your sporadic calls for full firearm registration seem to be prompted by publicity about unlawful
behaviours involving firearms. That is the case in the most recent instance, where a victim had their
house and safe broken into and their registered firearms stolen. Read More