Guns are rarely used to kill criminals or stop crimes.
In 2010, across the nation there were only 230 justifiable homicides
involving a private citizen using a firearm reported to the Federal
Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Progr
am as detailed in its Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
same year, there were 8,275 criminal gun homicides tallied in the SHR.
In 2010, for every justifiable homicide in the United States
involving a gun, guns were used in 36 criminal homicides.
And this ratio, of course, does not take into account the thousands of lives
ended in gun suicides (19,392) or unintentional shootings (60
6) that year.
This report analyzes, on both the national and state levels, the us
e of firearms in justifiable homicides. It also details, us
ing the best
data available on the national level, the
number of times guns are used for self-defense by the victims of both attempted and
completed violent crimes and property crimes—whether or not the use of the gun by the victim resulted in a fatality.
Key findings of this report, as detailed in its accompanying tables, include the following.