8th June 2016 – The EU spent 600,000 euros paying anti-shooting academics at Coventry University to compile a report on firearm misuse and forensics – which then conceded gun ownership doesn’t correlate with increased crime.
UK Shooting News’ author does not have time to go through the study’s 130-odd pages today (PDF) but quotes Firearms United, which said about the study:
Our speaker Katja Triebel had been interviewed by EU EFFECT Project on gun crime last year. Erica Bowen, the head of the study is anti-gun, as you can see on her Twitter profile. But even in this biased study (no mentioning of Kleck/Lott/Kates, but lots of anti-gunners like Squire/Kersten/Duquet) we found these MOST IMPORTANT phrases:
In a combined country and individual-level analyses […] it was observed that the high availability of firearms was associated with lower levels of victimization by contact crime in general, suggesting a potential deterrent effect of availability.
Participants acknowledged that firearms legislation typically focuses on the control of legally held firearms, and that this is most often amended in response to gun enabled crime. It was identified that firearms used in crime are most often illegal rather than legally owned firearms. There were divergent views regarding whether existing national firearms legislation was adequate, and whether additional national and/or EU wide legislation is needed.
The study’s authors can be found on Twitter, where they enthusiastically share messages from Britain’s National Ballistics Intelligence Centre, the most prominent publicly-funded anti-shooting organisation in Britain today, as well as Arquebus Solutions Ltd.
Arquebus is a company formed by former NABIS employees. Its name has cropped up a few times in missives sent to UKSN by concerned members of the shooting public, and Firearms United keeps a close eye on it.