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Title: Crime Gun Trace Analysis Report: The Illegal Youth Firearms Market in Birmingham, AL
Corporate Author: US Dept of the Treasury
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
United States of America
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 30
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Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Based on crime guns for which trace requests were submitted to the National Tracing Center (NTC) during the period of July 1, 1996, through April 30, 1997, this report provides statistics on firearms in Birmingham, Ala., associated with illegal possession or activity.
Abstract: This report is part of the Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative, a 17-city demonstration project aimed at reducing youth firearms violence. For the purpose of this project, a "crime gun" is defined as "any firearm that is illegally possessed, used in a crime, or suspected by enforcement officials of being used in a crime." As part of providing crime gun trace information for a 10-month period, this report contains analyses of requests for crime gun traces; analyses of successful NTC traces; analysis of incomplete traces; and analyses by adult, youth, and juvenile age categories. For the study period, Birmingham had 693 crime gun trace requests to the NTC; of these, 514 (74.17 percent) possessors were identified. A total of 416 requests involved the determination of the possessor's age; there were 259 adult (25 years of age and over) trace requests, 111 youth (18-24 years old) trace requests, and 46 juvenile (17 years old and under) trace requests. An analysis of trace requests by type of firearm shows that the semiautomatic pistol was the most frequently traced firearm for all three age groups: 91 for adults, 61 for youth, and 21 for juveniles. Another table shows the top 10 crime guns requested for tracing by type, manufacturer, and caliber. Firearms offenses was the crime type most often associated with trace requests: 130 for adults, 69 for youth, and 32 for juveniles. The number of successful traces was 117 for adults, 61 for youth, 25 for juveniles, and 337 for all ages. Other data reported show time-to-crime rates for the top 10 crime guns requested for tracing by type, manufacturer, and caliber, as well as the most frequent source-State for successfully traced crime guns; the top State was Alabama for all age categories. General findings are discussed for all the participating communities and for local illegal firearms markets.
Main Term(s): Juvenile statistics
Index Term(s): Alabama; Firearm tracing; Firearm-crime relationships; Firearms; Juvenile gun ownership
Note: ATF Youth Crime Gun Interdiction Initiative
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