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Q: What are the trends in homicides committed by juveniles involving firearms?
A: The national trend in murders by known juvenile offenders reflected the growth and subsequent decline in homicides committed with firearms.
Known juvenile homicide offenders by firearm involvement, 1980-2011

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  • Between 1984 and 1994, the number of firearm related homicides committed by known juvenile offenders quadrupled.
  • The sharp decline in homicides by known juvenile offenders between 1994 and 2002 was attributable entirely to a decline in homicides by firearm.
  • Between 2002 and 2011, the number of nonfirearm-related homicides committed by known juvenile offenders was relatively stable. However, murders by juveniles with firearms increased about 45% between 2002 and 2007, before declining 39% through 2011. In the mid 1990s, about 80% of known juvenile homicide offenders were involved in firearm-related homicides; this percentage fell to 62% in 2001 then rose to 70% by 2011.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03103.asp?qaDate=2011. Released on August 05, 2013.

Adapted from Puzzanchera, C. and Kang, W. (2013). Easy Access to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports: 1980-2011. Available on-line at: http://ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/ezashr/.

Data Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation. Supplementary Homicide Reports for the years 19802011 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: FBI.


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