Let’s proceed to the list of countries with no gun laws and low crime. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. Countries with stricter gun control laws are more prone to serious crime commitments than ones with a more liberal viewpoint on gun-ownership. This further means that areas with a higher rate of civilians’ gun ownership are not necessarily related to a violent environment — on the contrary, the practice shows that stringent gun laws are almost always resulting in high murder rates. There is also a strong belief that the main factor which differs “gun-violent” country from “not-so-gun-violent” one might lay in a cultural phenomenon. This fact is supported by the statistics which claim that the United Kingdom homicide rate has always been lower than the United States’; it has not changed even after the Britain civilians won the legal right to own their personal guns.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked two of countries with no gun laws and low crime from their list.
The first one should be Switzerland. This country is generally known as the country with the least strict gun laws in Europe. Even though it has the highest gun ownership rate per capita (45.7 guns per 100 residents), the homicide by guns per 100,000 people rates is about 0.77. Deaths caused by gun shootings are predominately suicides (suicide rate of 2.74 per 100,000 people that is slightly below the total gun death rate of 3.01). Legal residents from Switzerland have a fundamental right to own guns (except automatic and machine guns, also night vision devices, laser sights, and grenades that are strictly banned). However, all applicants must pass a test on violent crime regulations and proper gun handling tutorial. The next country is Austria on our short list now. The number of recorded gun ownership is on the constant rise because the Austrian citizens strongly believe that gun control laws are too liberal as well as that local police is not protective enough. The U.S. Library of Congress conducted a study according to which the overall proportion of gun homicides increasingly fell somewhere between 1999 and 2010 to 12% and firearm suicides decreased to 65%. Austria is right in the middle of our list of countries with no gun laws and low crime list with 30.4 firearms per 100 people.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 10 countries with no gun laws and low crime.