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