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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ID Code: 49629
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: gun policy, firearm theft, gun security laws, suicide
DOI: 10.1177/000486589803100107
ISSN: 0004-8658
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 02:27
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2012 02:27

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