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An evaluation of the 1977 Canadian firearm legislation: robbery involving a firearm

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  • Gary Mauser
  • Dennis Maki

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The effect of the 1977 Canadian firearm legislation on robberies involving firearms is evaluated between 1974 and 1992 using a pooled cross-section, time series model. The results show that the 1977 legislation did not reduce robbery involving firearms, nor did it have a significant effect on the total robbery or armed robbery rates. The legislation may even have acted perversely in that it may have increased robberies with firearms. In general, these results are consistent with previous published findings but contrast with unpublished governmental studies. The implication that this legislation may have acted perversely is new and requires further investigation.

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  • Gary Mauser & Dennis Maki, 2003. "An evaluation of the 1977 Canadian firearm legislation: robbery involving a firearm," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(4), pages 423-436.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:35:y:2003:i:4:p:423-436
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840210143099
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