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12 Eur. J. Criminology 3 (2015)

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                                                                            European

Article                                                                     Criminology

                                                               European journal of Criminology
                                                                       2015, Vol. 12(1) 3-16
Safe storage and thefts of                                             @TeAto~)21
                                                                       @ The Author(s) 2014
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                                                               DOl: 10.1177/1477370814543155
An empirical study                                             DOI: 10.1
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Erik   Lakomaa
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden



Abstract
Strict safe storage regulations are a cornerstone of the Swedish gun control legislation. The
rationale is that, by limiting the number of guns a licensed gun owner may own and requiring
them to have their guns locked up in gun safes when not in use, legal guns may be prevented from
ending up in the hands of criminals through theft. This study, the first full population data study
of gun thefts in Sweden, investigated all reported gun thefts in Sweden from 2003 and 2010 and
in the county of Stockholm from 1995 to 2010. The analysis revealed that actual thefts from legal
gun owners are very rare both in absolute terms and when compared with the number of gun
owners, with legal guns and with burglaries. Most firearms that were stolen were properly stored
in gun safes, a proportion that also increased to almost 100 percent during the period. The most
common   method of theft is to steal the entire gun safe. Further, the analysis revealed that official
reports on gun thefts have serious errors; 16 percent of police reports on gun thefts referred to
cases in which no modern firearm requiring a licence had been stolen.


Keywords
Burglaries, gun control, gun storage, Sweden



Introduction

In an international comparison, Sweden  has very  restrictive legislation on civilian gun
ownership.  At the same  time, however, the country has  many  civilian gun owners. In
2011, 619,000  people held approximately   1.8 million licences, making Sweden  one of
the countries with the highest gun ownership rate in the world.' Hunting and sport shoot-
ing are popular pastime  activities and common   in all social strata (see, for example,
Mattsson  et al., 2008).


Corresponding author:
Erik Lakomaa, Research Fellow, Department of Marketing and Strategy, Stockholm School of Economics,
PO Box 650 1, Stockholm, 113 83, Sweden.
Email: Erik.lakomaa@hhs.se

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