Dec 14 2017
12:44 pm

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released a report entitled "Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016." Among the findings:

  • From 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8%.
  • The number of reported Murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7% in the four-year study period.
  • Aggravated Assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported firearms-related crime, and increased by 30.5% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Males (85.8%) were nine times more likely to engage in firearm-related criminal offenses than Females (8.8%).

According to the report, the vast majority of firearm-related crimes involved handguns. Most occurred in homes. Murder victims were killed by acquaintances in most cases. Statistics for justified/self-defense use of firearms were not included in the report.

TBI Director Mark Gwyn: "I am deeply concerned with the findings of this report reflecting a substantial increase in firearm-related crimes in our state. This increase puts an additional strain on Tennessee's law enforcement resources and poses a serious threat to public safety."

TBI conducted the study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to "support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes, including those involving firearms."

Full report (pdf): Firearm Violence in Tennessee



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