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Government Study Suggests Decline in Firearm Homicides

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Updated: 5/07/2013 10:11 am
The government says firearm-related homicides have fallen 39 percent since the mid-1990s, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics study also found that non-fatal firearm crimes have declined 69 percent since the mid-1990s, from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.

According to the study, in 2011 about 70 percent of all homicides were committed with a firearm, mainly a handgun. The study examined incident and victim demographic characteristics of firearm violence, including the type of firearm used; victim's race, age, and sex; and incident location.

The study also examined changes over time in the percentages of nonfatal firearm crimes by injury, reporting to the police, and the use of firearms in self-defense. Information on homicide was obtained primarily from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Vital Statistics System.

The trend in firearm-related homicides is part of a broad nationwide decline in violent crime, which has fallen by 65 percent in that period, from 16.8 million in 1963 to 5.8 million in 2011.

Other highlights from the study found:

-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.

-Firearm violence accounted for about 70% of all homicides and less than 10% of all nonfatal violent crime from 1993 to 2011.

-From 1993 to 2011, about 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun.

-Males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24 had the highest rates of firearm homicide from 1993 to 2010.

-About 61% of nonfatal firearm violence was reported to the police in 2007-11.




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