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NCJ Number: 118895 Find in a Library
Title: Patterns of Acquisition: Where and How Felons Obtain Guns (From Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms, P 181-191, 1986, James D Wright and Peter H Rossi, -- See NCJ-118888)
Author(s): J D Wright; P H Rossi
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Aldine de Gruyter Publishing Co
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Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A self-administered questionnaire completed by a sample of 1,982 inmates imprisoned in 10 States was used to determine respondents' preferences for firearm characteristics and the characteristics of firearms actually owned.
Abstract: Firearms acquisitions by the sample were dominated by informal, off-the-record transactions, either with family and friends or with various gray- and black-market sources. Cash purchase was the principal acquisition mode, followed by theft. The market was primarily in used guns and was largely an in-State market. Once felons decided they wanted a handgun, they obtained one almost immediately. Not more than about one in six did so through means and sources likely to be concerned about the legality or advisability of the transaction. Restrictions on firearms acquisitions by felons at the point of retail sales thus misses the largest share of these transactions and are apparently ineffectual in preventing the remainder. Shutting off the supply of guns to criminals means thwarting the informal circulation of guns among the friends and associates of these men and stemming the supply obtained through theft. 5 tables.
Main Term(s): Firearms
Index Term(s): Citizen gun ownership; Theft offenses
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