Year: 1991 Source: British Journal of Criminology, v.31, (1991), p.186-188 SIEC No: 19910188

A study of European nations indicated that, where firearm availability, as measured by the percentage of suicides using firearms & by the firearm accidental death rate, was greater, then the firearm homicide rate was higher. The lack of an association between firearm availability & 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. (4 refs)