BJS: Bureau of Justice Statistics
Report: Source and Use of Firearms Involved in Crimes: Survey of Prison Inmates, 2016
- About 21% of state and federal prisoners said they possessed a gun during their offense.
- Among prisoners who possessed a gun during their offense, 90% did not obtain it from a retail source and 99% did not obtain it from a gun show.
- Handguns were the most common type of firearm used by state and federal prisoners, as 11% used one during their offense.
- Black state prisoners were more likely to have possessed a gun during their offense (29%) than white (12%) or Hispanic (21%) prisoners.