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Report: Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016

Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016

 

  • About 21% of state and federal prisoners said they possessed a gun during their offense.
     
  • Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source and 99% did not obtain it from a gun show.
     
  • Handguns were the most common type of firearm used by state and federal prisoners, as 11% used one during their offense.
     
  • Black state prisoners were more likely to have possessed a gun during their offense (29%) than white (12%) or Hispanic (21%) prisoners.
     
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Public comments requested on the proposed reinstatement and update of the Identity Theft Supplement (2020/2022) to the National Crime Victimization Survey

BJS encourages comments for 60 days until May 20, 2019, on the reinstatement and update of a previously approved data collection: Identity Theft Supplement (2020/2022) to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Your comments to BJS's request to the Office of Management and Budget, published in the Federal Register, should address points such as—

whether the proposed data collection is necessary, including whether the information will have practical utility
the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of data, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions
whether and how the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced
the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques.


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