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Thanos Stamos

Bio: Thanos Stamos is an academic researcher from Coventry University. The author has contributed to research in topics: Legislation & European union. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 5 citations.

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors used qualitative data generated from interviews with police, policy and decision makers from 13 European countries to determine how stakeholders perceive that national variations in firearms legislation affect the policing of gun-enabled crime within and across EU countries.
Abstract: Despite a shared understanding across the European Union (EU) that access to firearms by the general public should be restricted, detailed legislation regarding the ownership, use and trade of firearms varies between EU member states. It is unclear, however, how such variations impact on the policing of gun-enabled crime. By using qualitative data generated from interviews with police, policy and decision makers from 13 European countries, we aim to determine how stakeholders perceive that national variations in firearms legislation affect the policing of gun-enabled crime within and across EU countries. Four main themes were identified from the qualitative data: disparities in legislation, disparities in the priority given and the resources allocated to investigations into gun-enabled crime, as well as interventions. Owing to the aforementioned disparities, cross-national investigations into incidents of gun crime are at risk of remaining impaired in their effectiveness. Therefore, more legislative coherency as well as sustainable long-term interventions will be needed to successfully reduce ownership and use of firearms in the criminal world. In this context, a departure from an exclusive use of an economic model of gun crime is recommended to allow for a better understanding of the dynamics of the black gun market.

7 citations


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TL;DR: In this paper, a systematic literature review was conducted to understand the trend of firearm-related violence in Sweden with regard to rate, modus operandi (MO) and homicide typology, and for which injuries and causes of death firearmrelated violence is responsible.

17 citations

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14 Apr 2021-PLOS ONE
TL;DR: In this article, a systematic review of firearm availability and interpersonal violence in continental Europe is presented, with the aim of bringing together all studies that exclusively use European data, including nine databases and more than 1900 individual studies.
Abstract: Background Higher availability of firearms has been connected to higher rates of interpersonal violence in previous studies. Yet, those studies have focused mainly on the United States, or used aggregated international data to study firearm violence. Whether those aggregated findings are applicable to understanding the phenomenon in continental Europe specifically remains unclear. The aim of this systematic review is to bring together all studies that exclusively use European data. Methods Nine databases were searched, resulting in more than 1900 individual studies. These studies were assessed on relevance and eligibility for this study, based on their title, abstract and full text. Information on study characteristics, operationalizations of main concepts and study results were extracted from the six eligible studies. Results Four studies assessed the impact of firearm restrictive regulations on the rate of firearm homicides. Two other studies correlated rates of firearm availability and -violence. Results vary: some studies show a clear decline once availability of firearms is restricted, while others indicate a limited effect on only a very specific subgroup, such as female victims, or national guards with weapons at home. Moreover, studies used various operationalizations for firearm availability, thereby decreasing the comparability of findings. Conclusion Empirical research exclusively using European data is still lacking. To increase comparability of future studies, methodological inconsistencies and regional gaps need to be overcome. Assessing how firearm availability can be measured with reliable and valid proxies across countries will be a crucial first step to improve future research on the link between firearms and firearm violence.

5 citations

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TL;DR: A model written in terms of differential equations is proposed to answer the question: do more legal guns mean less crime committed by illegal guns?

3 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper , a simple mathematical model to describe the evolution of violent crimes is proposed, which is governed by probabilities, modeling for example the police action, the risk perception regarding crimes that leads to increase of ownership of legal guns, and so on.

3 citations