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27. Do tougher gun control laws reduce armed robberies?




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This article is from the can.talk.guns FAQ, by Skeeter Abell-Smith ab133@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca with numerous contributions by others.

27. Do tougher gun control laws reduce armed robberies?

In 1990, 74% of all robberies involved weapons other than firearms[16].
The number of armed robberies for the period 1974 (prior to Bill C-51)
and 1988 has remained almost the same and any decrease in robberies
involving firearms has been counterbalanced by the increasing use of
other weapons[17]. Victim injury is much more frequent, and
substantially more serious, if armed robbery is carried out with some
weapon other than a firearm[18]. Other weapons require close personal
contact with the victim.

[16] Juristat Service Bulletin Vol.12 No.10, "Robbery in
Canada", (Statistics Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice
Statistics, May 1992) p.1, p.5.
[17] Ibid.,pp.1-4 and Robert J. Mundt, op. cit.
[18] Don B. Kates Jr. op. cit., p.121; and Juristat Service
Bulletin Vol.11 No.12, "Weapons and Violent Crime",(Statistics
Canada, Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Aug. 1991),
p.12.

 

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