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Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Alcohol and Crime: Data from 2002 to 2008

About 1 in 5 (19%) alcohol-involved violent incidents known to law enforcement involved a firearm, knife, blunt object, or other non-personal weapon

  • The presence of any type of weapon (i.e., other than personal weapon) was less common in alcohol-involved violent incidents than in other violent incidents known to law enforcement (18.7% vs. 23.6%).
  • Firearms were far less common in alcohol-involved violent incidents than in other violent incidents known to law enforcement (2.8% vs. 8.6%).
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Table 12. Presence of weapons in alcohol-invovled and other violent incidents known to law enforcement, 2007
Presence of weapon All Alcohol-involved Other violent

  Total 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Firearm 7.9 2.8 8.6
Knife/cutting instrument 4.5 5.3 4.4  
Blunt object 3.1 3.8 3.1  
Other nonpersonal weapon 7.4 6.8 7.5  
Personal weapon (hands, feet, teeth, etc.) 77.0   81.3   76.4  

Source: National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2007, administered by the FBI as part of the UCR Program. 






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