Australia: New research confirms success of Australian gun law

Changes in Australian gun laws led to substantial reductions in gun-related deaths, according to a new bulletin by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center.<--break-> It reviews the evidence of results traced back to a 1997 gun ban and buyback programme that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth and nearly halved the number of gun-owning households in Australia. Researchers have found that the consequent reduction in the availability of firearms led to a decrease of almost 80% in the rate of gun-related suicide. The firearm homicide rate also dropped substantially. Read the bulletin here, and an opinion piece by Rebecca Peters, former IANSA Director and former Chair of the Australian Coalition for Gun Control here.