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NCJ Number: 161218 Find in a Library
Title: Cops Under Fire: Law Enforcement Officers Killed With Assault Weapons or Guns With High Capacity Magazines
Author(s): W C Adler; F M Bielke; D J Doi; J F Kennedy
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Handgun Control, Inc
Washington, DC 20005
Sale Source: Handgun Control, Inc
1225 Eye Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Growing evidence indicates that criminals, especially young offenders, have armed themselves with assault weapons and semiautomatic handguns sold with high-capacity ammunition magazines, and the increasing availability of military-style assault weapons has had disastrous consequences for the law enforcement community.
Abstract: To study what percentage of fatal shootings of law enforcement officers involved assault weapons or guns sold with high-capacity magazines, data were obtained on fatal shootings reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) between January 1994 and September 1995. Although primary data were collected from FBI reports, supplemental information was gathered from newspapers, reference books, and telephone calls to law enforcement agencies and gun manufacturers. According to the FBI, 75 police officers were killed with firearms in 1994, the make and model of the gun were established for 57 shootings, and 10 killings involved firearms specifically prohibited by law. In 1995, 47 police officers were killed with firearms, the make and model of the gun were established for 35 shootings, and 10 killings involved firearms specifically prohibited by law. The threat to the law enforcement community from assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and provisions of the assault weapon law enacted in September 1994 are examined. 13 endnotes, 2 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Assaults on police
Index Term(s): Assault weapons; Assault with a deadly weapon; Automatic weapons; Gun control legislation; Illegal arms sales; Police deaths; Weapon carrying; Weapons violations
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