Canada: Gun laws effective in preventing homicide

Canada’s gun laws have resulted in a significant drop in the number of homicides committed with a firearm, according to new research published in the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The article focuses on Canada’s Firearms Act of 1995 which required the registration of all firearms, safe storage provisions, and a detailed screening process before an application for a licence to own a firearm is approved. According to the authors, “Results suggest that the effectiveness of these laws is due to the reduced access and availability of firearms rather than to the severity of sentences provided in the legislation”. According to the Coalition for Gun Control the coming into force of Canada’s Firearms Act is associated with a reduction on average of 250 suicides and 50 homicides each year. More