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Firearms Theft in New Zealand — Lessons for Crime and Injury Prevention

Firearms Theft in New Zealand — Lessons for Crime and Injury Prevention In New Zealand, 200,000licensed 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. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Firearms Theft in New Zealand — Lessons for Crime and Injury Prevention

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Publisher
SAGE
Copyright
©The Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology and Authors, 1998
ISSN
0004-8658
eISSN
1837-9273
DOI
10.1177/000486589803100107
Publisher site
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Abstract

In New Zealand, 200,000licensed 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.

Journal

Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Apr 1, 1998

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