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Federal Firearms-Related Offenses

NCJ Number
148950
Date Published
July 1995
Length
2 pages
Author(s)
K Carlson; T Pittayathikhun
Agencies
BJS
Publication Series
Publication Type
Statistics
Annotation
This report presents data on Federal firearms-related offenses for 1993.
Abstract
The firearms involvement of offenders convicted in a U.S. district court includes defendants sentenced for a weapons offense, either as the most serious charge or as an offense accompanying a more serious crime, such as homicide or robbery, and a defendant who received a more severe sentence for carrying or possessing a firearm at the time of their crime. Among Federal offenders whose only offense was a firearms offense, 47 percent were persons prohibited from having firearms, and 23 percent violated Federal laws that govern dealing in firearms. Among Federal offenders convicted of firearms offenses and other, more serious offenses, 82 percent used or carried a firearm during another crime; and 10 percent were persons prohibited from having firearms. In 1993 Federal convicted offenders whose cases involved firearms were more often persons with previous time in prison or jail. A total of 95 percent of Federal offenders involved with firearms were men, compared to 83 percent without such involvement. A total of 46 percent of Federal offenders involved with firearms were African-Americans, compared to 30 percent of those uninvolved. Eighty-eight percent of Federal offenders involved with firearms were U.S. citizens; 73 percent of offenders not involved were citizens. Fifty-one percent of offenders involved with firearms, but 39 percent of those with no involvement, were aged 30 or under. 2 tables
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