Firearm-related crime decreasing


Gun-related crime in the US is down substantially, according to a recently released special report from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Here are the highlights from the study, which examined crimes involving firearms from 1993 to 2011.

  • Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in
    1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
  • Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million
    victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
  • For both fatal and nonfatal firearm victimizations, the
    majority of the decline occurred during the 10-year period
    from 1993 to 2002.
  • Firearm violence accounted for about 70% of all homicides
    and less than 10% of all nonfatal violent crime from 1993 to
  • About 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of
    nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a
    handgun from 1993 to 2011.
  • From 1993 to 2010, males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24
    had the highest rates of firearm homicide.
  • In 2007-11, about 23% of victims of nonfatal firearm crime
    were injured.
  • About 61% of nonfatal firearm violence was reported to
    the police in 2007-11.
  • In 2007-11, less than 1% of victims in all nonfatal violent
    crimes reported using a firearm to defend themselves
    during the incident.
  • In 2004, among state prison inmates who possessed a gun
    at the time of offense, less than 2% bought their firearm at
    a flea market or gun show and 40% obtained their firearm
    from an illegal source.

The landmark report was written by two PhDs from the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

BJS is the gold-standard of criminal justice studies.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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