Violence Policy Center Releases Firearms Production
In America, 1975-1997�A State-by-State Breakdown
Connecticut Leads Nation in Gun
WASHINGTON�The Violence Policy Center (VPC) today released Firearms
Production In America, 1975-1997�A State-by-State Breakdown. The
155-page study examines 22 years of federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms (ATF) firearms production data obtained under the Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA). The data is organized by state, broken out
by firearm type (pistol, revolver, rifle, and shotgun), and categorized
by caliber for pistols and revolvers.
Firearms Production In America, 1975-1997�A
State-by-State Breakdown is available by .pdf file from the Violence
Policy Center website (.pdf files require Adobe's free Acrobat Reader
available at www.adobe.com).
The study documents the increasing lethality of the U.S. arsenal, as
revealed by the dramatic production increase in the number of higher-caliber
handguns. It also details the rise in popularity of semiautomatic pistols
over six-shot revolvers. Revolver production dropped from 784,324 in 1975
to 368,711 in 1997, while pistol production soared from 138,146 to 1,016,439
during the same period.
The data reveal that three states�Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New
York�accounted for more than three quarters of the firearms produced in
the United States during the period studied.
Ironically, many states with strong gun control laws, such as Massachusetts,
New York, and California, are among the leading producers of firearms.
"This study documents each state's contribution to the ceaseless flow
of firearms in the United States," Marty Langley, policy analyst at the
VPC, said today. "While these numbers may not surprise industry insiders,
they may come as a shock to residents of such states as New York and California,
who are unaware of their state's role in the proliferation of firearms
across the nation."
Domestic Firearms Production, 1975-1997
States Ranked by Total Production
The Violence Policy Center is a
national non-profit educational foundation that conducts research on violence
in America and works to develop violence-reduction policies and proposals.
The Center examines the role of firearms in America, conducts research
on firearms violence, and explores new ways to decrease firearm-related
death and injury.
Wednesday, December 6, 2000
Violence Policy Center