CRIME AS OPPORTUNITY: A Test of the Hypothesis with European Homicide Rates

Lester, David
April 1991
British Journal of Criminology;Spring91, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p186
Academic Journal
A study of European nations indicated that, where firearm availability, as measured by the percentage of suicides using firearms and by the firearm accidental death rate, was greater, then the firearm homicide rate was higher. The lack o fan association between firearm availability and the homicide rate by all other methods suggests that displacement does not take place. The results are viewed as supporting the situational hypothesis of criminal behaviour.


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