Firearms theft in New Zealand : lessons for crime and injury prevention
Alpers, Philip & Walters, Reece (1998) Firearms theft in New Zealand : lessons for crime and injury prevention. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 31(1), pp. 85-95.
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In New Zealand, 200,000 licensed shooters (5.5% of the population) own an estimated 1 million firearms, 9 times more guns per capita than in England and Wales and 20% more than in Australia. Based on a 3 year study of firearm theft in New Zealand, this paper concludes that insecure storage of lawfully held weapons by licensed owners poses a significant public health and safety risk. Furthermore, this paper concludes that the failure of the police to enforce New Zealand gun security laws, and the government's hesitancy to develop firearm education and regulation policies, exacerbates insecure firearm storage, a key factor in firearm-related theft, injury, suicide, violence and criminal activity.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||gun policy, firearm theft, gun security laws, suicide|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Schools > School of Justice
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1998 Australian & New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors|
|Deposited On:||12 Jun 2012 12:27|
|Last Modified:||12 Jun 2012 12:27|
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