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NCJ Number: NCJ 182993     Find in a Library
Title: Firearm Injury and Death from Crime, 1993-97
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Author(s): Marianne W. Zawitz ; Kevin J. Strom
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 10/2000
Page Count: 8
  Series: BJS Selected Findings
  Annotation: This document reports on the incidence of fatal and nonfatal firearm injuries that resulted from crime, 1993-97.
Abstract: Most of the data presented are from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vital Statistics and the Firearms Injury Surveillance Study which collects data on injuries treated in hospital emergency departments. This Bureau of Justice Statistics Report includes descriptions of victim characteristics and circumstances surrounding the crimes. Data about the number of law enforcement officers injured or killed by firearms are also included. Findings include the following. Of serious nonfatal violent victimizations, 28 percent were committed with a firearm, 4 percent were committed with a firearm and resulted in injury, and less than 1 percent resulted in gunshot wounds. Of all nonfatal firearm-related injuries treated in emergency departments, 62 percent were known to have resulted from an assault. For firearm-related fatalities, 44 percent were homicides. The number of gunshot wounds from assaults treated in hospital emergency departments fell from 64,100 in 1993 to 39,400 in 1997, a 39 percent decline. Homicides committed with a firearm fell from 18,300 in 1993 to 13,300 in 1997, a 27 percent decline. Tables, notes, figures, references
Main Term(s): Statistics
Index Term(s): Fatalities ; Homicide ; Crime Statistics ; Firearms ; Crime Rate ; Crime rate studies ; Victim profiles ; Firearm-crime relationships ; Firearms deaths
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Type: Statistics
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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