Why the FBI’s Justifiable Homicide Statistics Are a Misleading Measure of Defensive Gun Use

University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy, Spring 2017 Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2015 Last revised: 8 Dec 2016

Clayton E. Cramer

College of Western Idaho

Date Written: December 19, 2015

Abstract

As part of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports system, the FBI gathers and reports both civilian and police officer justifiable homicide statistics. The methods by which these numbers are gathered make them gross undercounts of the actual legal, defensive homicides by citizens. Furthermore, comparing the civilian justifiable homicide numbers to criminal homicides for public policy cost/benefit analysis understates the crime reducing effects of civilian gun ownership.

Keywords: gun violence

Suggested Citation

Cramer, Clayton E., Why the FBI’s Justifiable Homicide Statistics Are a Misleading Measure of Defensive Gun Use (December 19, 2015). University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy, Spring 2017 Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2705913 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2705913

Clayton E. Cramer (Contact Author)

College of Western Idaho ( email )

5500 East Opportunity Drive
Nampa, ID 83687
United States

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