Firearm Use by Offenders

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Firearm Use by Offenders

Category: Crime, Firearm Availability, Gun Markets|Journal: Bureau of Justice Statistics (full text)|Author: C Harlow|Year: 2001

Approximately 203,300 prisoners serving a sentence in a State or Federal prison in 1997 were armed when they committed the crime for which they were serving time. An estimated 18% of State prison inmates and 15% of Federal inmates reported using, carrying, or possessing a firearm during the crime for which they were sentenced. In 1991, 16% of State inmates and 12% of Federal inmates said they were armed at the time of their offense.

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