Armed self-defence: the Canadian case

Canada’s firearm owners are a public safety resource, not a threat to public safety. Although, reporting a legitimate defensive use of a firearm to the authorities could cause legal difficulties.

It may be a surprise to learn just how many Canadians report using guns for self defence. Based on representative samples of Canadian residents (taken between 1988 and 1995), respondents reported using firearms for protection from human or animal threats between 60,000 and 80,000 times per year. Firearms were reported used against a human threat approximately 19,000 times per year. Despite being more than twenty years old, this study remains the best empirical estimate of the frequency with which firearms are used for personal protection in Canada.

My study was published in the Journal of Criminal Justice.

Read the whole thing.

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