Guns and Crime: Breaking New Ground By Focusing on the Local Impact

May 1, 2010
This report summarizes the results of a project that the Police Executive Research Forum undertook to explore issues of gun crime in the United States. To prepare for the Summit on Guns and Crime, PERF conducted a survey of all 270 primary police agencies serving cities of 100,000 or more people to explore the nature of their gun-related crime problems and the strategies they have undertaken to reduce shootings and crime. Nearly twothirds of these agencies (164) completed the survey. In addition, PERF conducted a survey of all 25 field divisions of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in order to gain their perspectives on the nature of the gun problem.
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