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The cost of firearm violent crime in British Columbia, Canada Rajabali, Fahra; Turcotte, Kate; Zheng, Alex; Pauls, Nick; Nguyen, Tony; Kalman, Evelyn; Covic, Vedrana; Pike, Ian


This study aimed to quantify the total cost of violent firearm-related offenses in British Columbia in 2016 Canadian dollars over a five-year period, 2012 to 2016. The purposes of this study were to estimate the direct costs to the health care system and indirect costs to society for violent firearm injuries and deaths; and to estimate criminal justice system costs pertaining to firearm incidents. This study clearly demonstrates the significant cost of violent firearm injury in British Columbia and the impacts on the health care system, criminal justice system, and to society at large, particularly within the criminal justice system where the costs were significantly higher than health care.

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