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Publication Federal Firearms-Related Offenses: Federal Offenses and Offenders

Ken Carlson, Tanutda Pittayathikhun

July 1, 1995    NCJ 148950

The data brief notes the association between firearms involvement and an increased severity of sentence as well as a more extensive criminal history for Federal prisoners. The number of offenders sentenced to Federal prison grew 175% from 1982 to 1992. In the 12 months before September 30, 1993, firearms were involved in sentences of almost 7,000 offenders, about a sixth of those sentenced under Federal guidelines.

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