Gun buybacks and bans haven’t worked out the way Clinton thinks:
After the UK’s handgun ban was enacted in January 1997, the country’s overall homicide rate rose by 50 percent over the next 8 years. The firearms homicide rate almost doubled during that time. The trend only reversed after a large, 18 percent increase in the size of the country’s police force. Today the homicide rate is where it was just before the ban.
Australia’s crime rates also haven’t changed the way that gun control advocates would have predicted. The buyback in 1996 and 1997 resulted in more than 1 million firearms being turned in and destroyed. This reduced the number of guns in the country from 3.2 million to about 2.2 million guns. Since then, however, there has been a steady increase in the number of privately owned guns. In 2010, private gun ownership was back to 1996 levels.
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, headquartered in Laguna Hills, primarily serving Orange County and Southern California with a satellite office located in Coronado (San Diego County).
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