Australia: Gun ban and buyback scheme saves 200 lives a year

In Australia, gun regulations saved 200 lives a year, according to new research published in the American Law and Economics Review. These results are traced back to the 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. The researchers 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.