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NCJ Number: NCJ 147003     Find in a Library
Title: Guns and Crime
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  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Author(s): M R Rand
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 2
  Series: BJS Crime Data Briefs
  Annotation: Handgun crimes accounted for about 13 percent of all violent crimes in 1992, when offenders armed with handguns committed a record 931,000 violent crimes.
Abstract: The rate of nonfatal handgun victimization was 4.5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older, compared to the previous record of 4.0 in 1982. Males were twice as likely as females to be victims of handgun crimes, and blacks three times as likely as whites. Each year during 1987-92, 62,200 individuals, or about 1 percent of all victims of violence, used a firearm to defend themselves. Another 20,300 used a firearm to defend their property during a theft, household burglary, or motor vehicle theft. In most cases, the offenders they confronted were either unarmed or were armed with weapons other than firearms. One-fifth of these victims suffered an injury. Reported firearm thefts averaged about 341,000 annually during 1987-92. Sixty-four percent of these thefts occurred during household burglaries, while 32 percent occurred during larcenies away from or at or near the home. Unlike the record rate of handgun crimes in 1992, the overall rates for violent crimes were well below the 1981 peaks. Tables
Main Term(s): Crime Statistics
Index Term(s): Lawful use of force ; Handguns ; Firearm-crime relationships
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Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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