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NCJ Number: NCJ 241438     Find in a Library
Title: Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the U.S. and Alaska, 1980-2011
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Brad A. Myrstol, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: Alaska Statistical Analysis Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 12/2012
Page Count: 7
  Annotation: This Fact Sheet presents Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) data on firearm use in violent crime in the United States as a whole and in Alaska for 1980-2011.
Abstract: Since 1980, the U.S. murder rate has declined significantly. In 2011, the national murder rate was less than half the 1980 estimate. The per-capita volume of murders committed with a firearm also declined in the United States as a whole between 1980 and 2011. Despite the decline in the firearm murder rate, a majority of the murders reported to law enforcement officials continue to be committed with firearms. Nationally, the likelihood that a firearm will be used in the commission of a murder has steadily increased. The U.S. State of Alaska also experienced a sizable reduction in the prevalence of murder and non-negligent manslaughter, as well as murders in which a firearm was used during the years 1980-2011. Alaska differed from the national data, however, regarding the percentage of homicides committed with firearms. In Alaska, the likelihood that a firearm was the weapon used in a murder declined significantly. This declining trend in firearm use was also the case for aggravated assault and robbery. 9 figures
Main Term(s): Offense statistics
Index Term(s): Manslaughter ; Murder ; Comparative analysis ; Trend analysis ; Uniform crime reports ; Alaska ; Gun Violence
Sale Source: Alaska Statistical Analysis Ctr
University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Ctr
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
United States of America
Type: Statistics ; Report (Annual/Periodic)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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