TABLE 4-1 Sources and Method of Handgun Acquisition by Criminals



Method of Firearm Acquisition as Reported by Prison Inmates

Source of Firearm as Reported by Prison Inmates

Bureau of Justice Statistics (1993)

Handgun possessed by inmate

27% retail purchase

9% direct theft

31% family/friends

28% black market/fence

27% retail outlet

Wright and Rossi (1994)

Most recent handgun—incarcerated felons

43% cash purchase

32% direct theft

24% rent/borrow, trade, or gift

Estimated 40-70% directly or indirectly through theft

44% family and friends

26% black market/fence

21% retail outlet

Sheley and Wright (1993)

Most recent handgun—incarcerated juveniles

32% straw purchase

12% theft

90% from friend, family, street, drug dealer, drug addict, house or car

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