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NCJ Number: 228409 Find in a Library
Title: Weapon Choice and American Political Violence: A Comparison of Terrorist and Other Felons in Federal Custody
Journal: Criminology and Public Policy  Volume:8  Issue:3  Dated:August 2009  Pages:531-559
Author(s): Richard L. Legault; James C. Hendrickson
Date Published: August 2009
Page Count: 29
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This comparative analysis study examined the firearm-offending characteristics of a sample of Federal felons and terrorists using data from the American Terrorism Study and the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
Abstract: Study findings indicate that many systematic differences exist between terrorists and other types of Federal felons and that terrorists were more likely than other felons to be convicted of firearm-related crimes. It is recommended that efforts to monitor weapons sales continue to include those named on the terrorist watch list, and Federal law-enforcement agencies should coordinates these efforts. Recent policy debates regarding the terrorism-crime nexus have focused on firearms. However, most research on terrorism has focused on terrorist groups or incidents, not on individuals who have participated in terrorism; therefore, little research has examined terrorist weapon choice or any individual-level characteristic of terrorists. Using data from the American Terrorism Study and the U.S. Sentencing Commission, this study examined the firearm-offending characteristics of 923 Federal felons and 336 terrorists. Figure, tables, references, and appendix
Main Term(s): Terrorist weapons
Index Term(s): Comparative analysis; Felony; Firearms; Terrorism/Mass Violence; Weapons
Note: Special issue on Homeland Security and Terrorism for additional articles see NCJ-228405-08, and NCJ-228410.
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