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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Monday, July 9, 2018

Kleck on Defensive Gun Use

Gary Kleck (Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice) has posted What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses? on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted large-scale surveys asking about defensive gun use (DGU) in four to seven states. Analysis of the raw data allows the estimation of the prevalence of DGU for those areas. Data pertaining to the same sets of states from the 1993 National Self-Defense Survey (Kleck and Gertz 1995) allow these results to be extrapolated to the U.S. as a whole. CDC’s survey data confirm previous high estimates of DGU prevalence, disconfirm estimates derived from the National Crime Victimization Survey, and indicate that defensive uses of guns by crime victims are far more common than offensive uses by criminals. CDC has never reported these results.

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