Regulating access to firearms

Nation states should implement regulatory schemes which include: (a) safe storage regulations for all firearms to reduce inappropriate access; (b) education and training programs to support compliance and effective implementation; (c) (d) appropriate enforcement and sanctions for firearms misuse; (e) a licensing scheme to prevent the possession of firearms by individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others; and (f) a record keeping system to track firearms, reduce illegal trafficking, and support law enforcement.
Effective firearms regulation is an essential part of any strategy to build safer communities. Many researchers have maintained that there is sufficient evidence to conclude that rates of firearm death and injury are linked to the accessibility of firearms.

Licensing is intended to reduce the risk by screening firearm owners. Risk factors associated with violence can be identified. Firearms and their owners must be tracked to ensure compliance with licensing requirements and to support preventative interventions and enforcement. Safe storage is essential to reduce gun theft and unauthorized access to guns.

In addition to having practical effects by reducing inappropriate access to firearms, regulation shapes as well as reflects values which has an effect on other forms of violence.
Defence Arms
Law Regulation
Type Classification:
E: Emanations of other strategies