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Unformatted text preview: Guns and Crime In a typical year about 12,000 murders are committed in the United States with firearms—most with handguns. Handguns are used in many other crimes as well. Approximately one million serious crimes in which a handgun is used, including homicide, rape, robbery, and assault, occur each year. Gun ownership Over 200 million firearms are in circulation, including 70 million handguns. The production of new firearms adds two million new handguns each year to the total. Juveniles are currently more likely to carry guns than adults. Many people own guns for protection in their homes. About half the families in the United States have a gun in their homes. Because of the huge number of guns in circulation, existing gun laws are difficult to enforce. Guns manufactured During the past 20 years, the main type of gun made in the United States has shifted from manual...
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- Fall '09