What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?

30 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2018 Last revised: 29 Jul 2018

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Gary Kleck

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Date Written: July 11, 2018

Abstract

In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted large-scale surveys asking about defensive gun use (DGU) in four to seven states. Analysis of the raw data allows the estimation of the prevalence of DGU for those areas. Data pertaining to the same sets of states from the 1993 National Self-Defense Survey (Kleck and Gertz 1995) allow these results to be extrapolated to the U.S. as a whole. CDC’s survey data confirm previous high estimates of DGU prevalence, disconfirm estimates derived from the National Crime Victimization Survey, and indicate that defensive uses of guns by crime victims are far more common than offensive uses by criminals. CDC has never reported these results.

Keywords: Defensive Gun Use, Centers for Disease Control

JEL Classification: K42

Suggested Citation

Kleck, Gary, What Do CDC's Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses? (July 11, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3194685 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3194685

Gary Kleck (Contact Author)

Florida State University - College of Criminology and Criminal Justice ( email )

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112 S. Copeland Street
Tallahasse, FL 32306-1206
United States

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