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NCJ Number: 157875 Find in a Library
Title: Homicide, Handguns, and the Crime Gun Hypothesis: Firearms Used in Fatal Shootings of Law Enforcement Officers, 1980 to 1989
Journal: American Journal of Public Health  Volume:84  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1994)  Pages:561-564
Author(s): G J Wintemute
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 4
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the use of handguns owned by civilians in the shooting deaths of law enforcement officers between 1980 and 1989.
Abstract: The analysis was based on life tables generated for each year's cohort of new handguns to estimate gun-years at risk, analogous to person-years, for rate and relative risk calculation. Of 735 firearm homicides of police officers during the study period, 435 were committed with 428 civilian-owned handguns. Revolvers were used more often than pistols. For both types of handgun, .22-caliber weapons were least often used in police homicides, while .32-caliber pistols and .38-caliber revolvers were used most often. Forty-six percent of the handguns included in this sample had a barrel length of three inches or less. U.S. firearms manufacturers produced 82 percent of the handguns for which a manufacturer could be identified at all. 1 figure, 1 table, and 24 references
Main Term(s): Police deaths
Index Term(s): Criminology; Firearms deaths; Statistics
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