Firearm-related crime cost Canadians $3.1 billion in 2008

Crimes involving guns cost Canadians more than $3 billion a…

Crimes involving guns cost Canadians more than $3 billion a year, suggests an internal Justice Department study that may stoke the gun-control debate.

The newly released report examined all firearm-related crime in 2008, and calculated costs across a broad range, including the value of policing and prosecuting offenders, lost income and even burial fees for victims.

The total came to $3.1 billion, or about $93 for every person in the country, says the study, completed last year by two federal researchers.

The largest part of the total, about $2.5 billion, arose from so-called “intangible” victim costs, such as amounts assigned to pain, suffering and loss of life. These costs were calculated using broadly accepted values developed by courts, insurance companies and others.

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