Do Canadian gun laws save women’s lives?

Lethal Firearm-Related Violence Against Canadian Women:

Did Tightening Gun Laws Have an Impact on Women’s Health and Safety?

Domestic violence remains a significant public health issue around the world, and policy makers continually strive to implement effective legislative frameworks to reduce lethal violence against women. This article examines whether the 1995 Firearms Act (Bill C-68) had a significant impact on female firearm homicide victimization rates in Canada.

There was little evidence to suggest that increased firearms legislation in Canada had a significant impact on preexisting trends in lethal firearm violence against women. These results do not support the view that increasing firearms legislation is associated with a reduced incidence of firearm-related female domestic homicide victimization.

Samara McPhedran, an Australian researcher, did a great job in this paper, with just a small contribution by professor Gary Mauser.


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