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United Nations. 1998 ‘Purposes for Which Handgun Ownership Permitted.’ United Nations International Study on Firearm Regulation; Table 2.1, pp. 38-39. Vienna: UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Division. 1 August
Table 2.1 - Purposes for Which Handgun Ownership Permitted
The hard-copy version of this study, with responses from 69 countries, was published by the UN in August, 1998. Its introduction noted: "the estimated total population of responding States for the [data] year 1995 is almost 4.2 billion people, which represents 74 per cent of the estimated world population of 5.7 billion people."
The 1999 updated dataset of this study includes responses from 78 UN member states, and can be downloaded from the UNCJIN Web site as a database file.
The initial Draft Study tabled at the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Sixth session in Vienna, 28 April-9 May 1997 as E/CN.15/1997/CRP.6, included survey responses from 49 UN member states.
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