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NCJ Number: 157274 Find in a Library
Title: Exploratory Study on the Use of Firearms in Criminal Incidents in Toronto
Author(s): L Axon; S Moyer
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 56
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Publication Number: WD1994-19e
Sale Source: Canada Department of Justice
Justice Bldg. Kent St., at Wellington St.
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: Homicides and robberies involving firearms in Toronto, Ontario, Canada were studied using police statistics from 1991-93.
Abstract: The analysis focused on the circumstances surrounding these incidents, including the types of guns involved, the legal status of gun possession, the background of offenders, and the charges. Results revealed that handguns accounted for a large proportion of the firearm homicides, as well as the firearm robberies for which guns were recovered. Analysis of all seized handguns revealed that the majority were not registered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and that they may have been illegally imported or smuggled into Canada. In addition, many firearms offenders have criminal records and do not possess the gun legally priority to committing the firearms offense. Findings suggest that police and others in the criminal justice community face a strong challenge in enforcing firearms legislation. It is necessary to control the circulation of illegal firearms and to prevent the acquisition and misuse of firearms by persons arrested in the past, although police do take preventive action where possible. Tables, footnotes, and 9 references
Main Term(s): Foreign crime statistics
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminology; Firearms deaths; Homicide; Ontario; Robbery; Weapons violations
Note: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program
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