In the wake of the Port Arthur massacre
, in 1997 Australia implemented a gun buyback program that reduced the stock of firearms by around one-fifth, and nearly halving the number of gun-owning households. Leigh and Neill (2010)
find that the buyback led to a drop in the firearm suicide rates of almost 80%, or about 200 lives per annum (with no significant effect on non-firearm death rates). This translates into an annual benefit of $500M
, or $800 000 per weapon destroyed. However, Baker & McPhedran (2006)
have previosuly concluded that there was no impact on homicides.
posted by wilful
on Aug 29, 2010 -