Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms

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Contents

THE CRIMINAL ACQUISITION AND USE OF FIREARMS
1
GUN CRIME AS A SOCIAL PROBLEM
2
SOCIAL SCIENCE IMPLICATIONS
5
POLICYMAKING CONSIDERATIONS
7
AN OVERVIEW OF PRIOR LITERATURE AND OUR FINDINGS
8
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PRISONER SAMPLE
12
FIREARMS OWNERSHIP AND USE
13
GROWING UP WITH GUNS
14
CONFRONTING THE ARMED VICTIM
141
ARMED VICTIMS AS RISKS TO CRIMINALS
142
ATTITUDINAL RESULTS
144
ARMED VICTIM CONFRONTATIONS EXPERIENTIAL RESULTS
154
SUMMARY
158
THE CRIMINAL AS A FIREARMS CONSUMER
161
WHAT FELONS LOOK FOR IN A HANDGUN
162
WHAT FELONS ACTUALLY CARRY
169

ARMED VICTIMS
15
THE MARKET FOR CRIMINALS GUNS
16
GUN CONTROL AND CRIMINAL GUN USE
18
THE FELON SURVEY METHODS PROCEDURES DESCRIPTIVE DATA
21
SURVEY DESIGN AND METHOD
23
CHOOSING RESPONDENTS WITHIN PRISONS
26
FIELD OPERATIONS
27
RESPONSE RATES
28
SITE DESCRIPTIONS AND CHARACTERISTIC
29
DATA QUALITY
32
SALIENT SAMPLE CHARACTERISTICS
38
SUMMARY OF SAMPLE CHARACTERISTICS
54
VARIETIES OF ARMED CRIMINALS A DESCRIPTIVE TYPOLOGY
57
VALIDATION
59
PREVIOUS CRIMINAL HISTORIES
65
4 PATTERNS OF WEAPONS OWNERSHIP AND USE ON THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE
79
PATTERNS OF WEAPONS USE THE CONVICTION OFFENSE
87
PATTERNS OF WEAPONS USE OTHER OFFENSES
94
THE CORRELATES OF HABITUAL WEAPONS CARRYING
99
ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON WEAPONSCARRYING BEHAVIOR
102
SUMMARY OF PRINCIPAL FINDINGS
108
FAMILY FRIENDS AND FIREARMS THE EFFECTS OF SOCIALIZATION ON FELONS WEAPONS BEHAVIOR
111
MOTIVATIONS TO GO ARMED
125
MEASURING WEAPONSCARRYING MOTIVES
127
THE MOTIVATIONS OF NONGUN USERS
131
COHERENCE IN MOTIVES
133
THE IMPORTANCE OF GUN CARRYING
135
REASONS FOR THE MOST RECENT FIREARMS ACQUISITIONS
136
CONSUMER SOPHISTICATION
175
SUMMARY
180
PATTERNS OF ACQUISITION WHERE AND HOW FELONS OBTAIN GUNS
181
HOW AND WHERE DO FELONS OBTAIN HANDGUNS?
182
CRIMINAL HANDGUNS VERSUS CRIME HANDGUNS
186
OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CRIMINALHANDGUN MARKET
188
WHERE AND HOW DO FELONS OBTAIN SHOULDER WEAPONS?
189
SUMMARY
190
PATTERNS OF ACQUISITION GUN THEFT
193
WHO STEALS GUNS?
197
HOW MANY GUNS ARE STOLEN?
198
WHY ARE GUNS STOLEN?
199
THE COMMERCE IN STOLEN FIREARMS
202
WHERE ARE GUNS STOLEN?
205
THE OPTIMAL GUN THEFT
206
SUMMARY
207
HANDGUN CONTROLS AND WEAPONS CHOICE THE SUBSTITUTION ISSUE
209
POSTRELEASE GUN ACQUISITION
210
ACQUISITION UNDER CONDITIONS OF SCARCITY
215
THE GREAT AMERICAN GUN WAR SOME POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF THE FELON STUDY
225
THE NATURE OF THE ILLICIT FIREARMS MARKET
229
QUALITY AND PRICE
232
WHY CRIMINALS CARRY AND USE GUNS
233
SUBSTITUTION AND OTHER NEUTRALIZING SIDE EFFECTS
237
BIBLIOGRAPHY
239
INDEX
243
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