The nature and circumstances of defensive gun use: A content analysis of interpersonal conflict situations involving criminal offenders

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The nature and circumstances of defensive gun use: A content analysis of interpersonal conflict situations involving criminal offenders

Category: Defensive Gun Use|Journal: Justice Quarterly|Author: W Wells|Year: 2002

Analyses of gun-regulation policies have recently focused on the benefits of firearms, and research has shown that guns are frequently used for defense. An important implication is that restricting gun ownership may increase the net harm in the United States. However, a more thorough understanding of gun-defense situations is required before conclusions can be drawn about the harm that is prevented or generated through defensive gun uses (DGUs). This study examined a unique subset of DGU incidents that involved convicted offenders as defenders. It found that DGUs are not likely to provide similar social benefits, implying that prevalence estimates may not simultaneously estimate social benefits and that the relationship among gun carrying, encountering risky situations, and DGU is more complex than has been portrayed.

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