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NCJ Number: NCJ 221074   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Crime Gun Risk Factors: Buyer, Seller, Firearm, and Transaction Characteristics Associated with Gun Trafficking and Criminal Gun Use
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): Christopher Koper
Corporate Author: Jerry Lee Ctr of Criminology
United States of America
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 96
  Annotation: This study used 10 years of handgun sales data for Maryland and subsequent recoveries of those guns by police, in order to identify the characteristics of firearms, sellers, buyers, and sales transactions for guns used in crime subsequent to retail purchase.
Abstract: Adjusting for dates of sale, guns sold in Maryland during the 1990s had at least a 4.7-percent chance of being recovered by police in association with a crime somewhere in the Nation within 10 years. Handguns sold in the Baltimore area had a 3.2-percent chance of being recovered in Baltimore within 5 years; and those sold in the Maryland portion of the area of the District of Columbia (DC) had a 1.4-percent chance of being recovered in the District within 5 years. Buyers were at higher risk for having their guns recovered by police in a crime if they were African-American, young, female, living in or close to Baltimore or DC, or had previously purchased guns that were recovered by police. Most guns recovered in crimes had been sold by a relatively small proportion of dealers located in or close to urban areas. The handguns recovered in crimes were most likely to be semiautomatic, of medium to large caliber, easily concealable, and/or cheap. The simultaneous or rapid purchase of multiple guns by one individual was a risk factor for gun trafficking related to their criminal use. Based on these findings, this report advises that regulatory oversight and investigation of licensed gun dealers should focus on large-volume dealers in urban areas and, more generally, dealers with a relatively large percentage of their sales resulting in crime-gun recoveries. Findings provide some support for bans on cheap handguns and enactment of one-gun-a-month laws that regulate particular types of firearms and transactions. 47 tables, 6 figures, and 89 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Gun Control ; Illicit firearms ; Handguns ; Citizen gun ownership ; Firearm-crime relationships ; NIJ final report ; Maryland
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

Smith Richardson Foundation
United States of America
Grant Number: 2004-IJ-CX-0030
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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