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NCJ Number: 157661 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the 1977 Canadian Firearms Legislation
Journal: Evaluation Review: A Journal of Applied Social Research  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:603-617
Author(s): G A Mauser; R A Holmes
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 15
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper used a pooled cross-section, time series model to evaluate the effect of 1977 Canadian firearms legislation on provincial homicide rates between 1969 and 1989.
Abstract: This model was selected for the evaluation because of its ability to capture variations across space and time. Indexes used in the model and measured at the provincial level as independent variables included unemployment rate, percentage Status Indian, percentage immigrant, percentage male youth, and clearance rate. Results were consistent with findings of most previous studies, that Canada's firearms legislation did not have a significant effect on homicide. Strongest explanatory factors were percentage Status Indian and male youth. The authors suggest that policy initiatives other than Canada's firearms law may be more effective in reducing homicide. Supplemental information on the analysis methodology and equations are appended. 21 references and 5 tables
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Canada; Crime analysis; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign laws; Gun control legislation; Homicide; Mathematical modeling; Research methods; Time series
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