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NCJ Number: 127644 Find in a Library
Title: Handgun Regulations, Crime, Assaults, and Homicide: A Tale of Two Cities (From Gun Control Debate, P 195-205, 2990, Lee Nisbet, ed. -- See NCJ-127634)
Author(s): J H Sloan;
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Prometheus Books
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
Sale Source: Prometheus Books
59 John Glenn Drive
Amherst, NY 14228-2197
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: To clarify the relation between firearms regulations and community rates of homicide, two large cities in the Pacific Northwest: Seattle (Washington) and Vancouver (British Columbia) were studied.
Abstract: Although similar in many ways, Seattle and Vancouver differ markedly in their approaches to the regulation of firearms. However, both cities aggressively enforce existing gun laws and regulations, and convictions for gun-related offenses carry similar penalties. Methodology for this study included an analysis of restricted-weapons permits in both cities, and the use of Cook's gun prevalence index. The analysis of the rates of homicide suggests that the modest restriction of citizen's access to firearms (especially handguns) is associated with lower rates of homicide. This association does not appear to be explained by differences between the communities in aggressiveness, criminal behavior, or response to crime. Although the findings should be corroborated in other settings, the results suggest that a more restrictive approach to handgun control may decrease national homicide rates. 2 tables and 36 references
Main Term(s): Homicide causes
Index Term(s): Canada; Handguns; US/foreign comparisons; Washington
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