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NCJ Number: 82222 Find in a Library
Title: Analysis of the 1980 FBI Uniform Crime Reports
Author(s): P H Blackman
Corporate Author: National Rifle Assoc
Institute for Legislative Action
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Rifle Assoc
Washington, DC 20036
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from the 1980 Uniform Crime Reports are used to show that antigun laws do not impact the use of firearms in crimes and that the rise in gun ownership does not increase gun use in crime and may reduce certain crimes.
Abstract: The decrease in family murder and increase in stranger-to-stranger killing undermines the claim of antigun groups that guns brought for protection will be used intentionally or accidentally to kill family members. The murder rate remains highest where guns in general and handguns in particular are least available. Generally, there is no relationship between the presence or absence of gun laws and murder or violent crime rates. Most of the Nation's most violent and murderous cities are also among those with the most restrictive gun laws, suggesting that violent crime and murder rates are related to factors other than gun control. Robbery and burglary are both substantially higher where guns are more restricted or less available. The absence of firearms availability especially encourages robbery and other dangerous crimes, since it lowers the countering options of the victim and witnesses. As with other violent crimes, the data show no relationship between gun laws or gun availability and aggravated assault or the murder of police officers. Mandatory sentencing of persons who use firearms in the commission of a crime is shown to be more effective in reducing violent crime than gun control laws. Tabular data are provided.
Index Term(s): Gun Control; Violent crime statistics
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