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  NCJ Number: NCJ 145326     Find in a Library
  Title: Gun Acquisition and Possession in Selected Juvenile Samples
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  Author(s): Joseph F. Sheley Ph.D. ; James D. Wright Ph.D.
  Date Published: 1993
  Page Count: 11
  Series: NIJ Research in Brief
  Annotation: This study analyzed the number and types of guns owned by a sample of juveniles and where, how, and why they were obtained.
  Abstract: Questionnaires were voluntarily and anonymously completed by 835 male serious offenders incarcerated in six juvenile correctional facilities in four States. A total of 758 male students in 10 inner-city high schools near the correctional facilities also completed the questionnaire. Because of the characteristics of the samples, the results are not generalizable to the U.S. population. Eighty-three percent of the inmates and 22 percent of the students possessed guns. Fifty-five percent of the inmates carried guns all or most of the time in the year or two before their incarceration; 12 percent of the students did so, with another 23 percent carrying guns now and then. The firearms of choice were high-quality, powerful revolvers, closely followed by automatic and semiautomatic handguns and then shotguns. Most of those surveyed considered it easy to acquire a gun. When asked how they would get a gun, 45 percent of the inmates and 53 percent of the students said they would "borrow" one from family or friends; 54 percent of the inmates and 37 percent of the students said they would get one "off the street." A total of 43 percent of the inmates and 5-6 percent of students said they used hard drugs. More inmates than students reported selling drugs. The main reason given for owning or carrying a gun was self- protection. Researchers concluded that the fundamental policy problem is convincing youths they can survive in their neighborhoods without being armed. 4 tables, 7 notes, and 15 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
  Index Term(s): Gun Control ; Illicit firearms ; Criminology ; Controlled Substances
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: From National Institute of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Research in Brief, December 1993.
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