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NCJ Number: 118643 Find in a Library
Title: Level of Support for Gun Ownership as a Means of Personal Protection Among Courtroom Judges
Journal: Justice Professional  Volume:4  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1989)  Pages:42-52
Author(s): R E Little; E D Davis
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research was designed to measure personal approval of firearms for self-protection among a sample of district and superior court judges from a southeastern State.
Abstract: Fear of crime often pushes individuals to seek protection from victimization. One response to such fear is the purchase of a firearm for home, family, and self protection. Specifically, this report attempts to answer questions, such as what proportion of judges personally support legal rights to own guns for protection, bans on handgun ownership, guns as effective tools for home defense, carrying a firearm in one's vehicle for protection, and actual ownership of a firearm in the home. Findings indicate the existence of strong support for firearms as a means of personal protection among the judges surveyed. However, the vast majority of judges disapproved of the practice of carrying a weapon in one's car. There were no statistically significant attitudinal differences between district and superior court judges. These findings suggest that little political support would be found among southern judges for legislation designed to restrict rights to firearms ownership for self-protection. 2 tables and 13 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Citizen gun ownership
Index Term(s): Citizen gun use; Judicial conduct and ethics; Personal Security/Self Protection
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