A Comparative Analysis of Crime Guns

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A Comparative Analysis of Crime Guns

Category: Crime, Gun Markets|Journal: RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (full text)|Author: C Wellford, M Collins, S Parker, T Scott|Year: 2017

Information is limited on how firearms move from legal possession to illegal possession and use in criminal activities, largely because of data collection capacity and a lack of recent, exhaustive recovery data across jurisdictions. This article includes both an analysis of firearms trace data and prisoner interviews across multiple jurisdictions: New Orleans, Louisiana, Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Chicago, Illinois. Findings indicate that recoveries and trace successes vary across jurisdictions and by type of crime. Jurisdiction regulations were associated with the proportion of guns purchased in state and time to recovery but not with purchaser characteristics. Interviews from imprisoned offenders in two jurisdictions revealed the most common method of obtaining a crime gun was to steal it or buy it off the street.

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