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Summary of short barreled shotgun/rifle crime in WA.

Discussion in 'NFA Weapon Discussion' started by Ranb, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    Nineteen counties responded to my request for information. Sixteen of those counties responded with information on SBS/SBR crime. Three counties said they were not able to search for the specific information requested.

    If the county asked for certain dates for data supplied, then I asked for 1994 to 2011. Not all counties reporting were able to supply data for each year requested. Thirty-one percent of total data requested (1994-to present) was supplied. Forty-three crimes were reported of which two were SBR and forty-one were SBS. These crimes included one suicide, one assault and one burglary. The rest were mere possession or not defined.

    The total number of SBS/SBR crimes for each county was corrected for population and an estimate of the crime rate per one hundred thousand was obtained. The rates for the sixteen counties were averaged and corrected for the population of the state. I estimate that there are fourteen SBS/SBR crimes per year for the entire state. But this estimate is not reliable based on the low reporting rate of the Washington counties. There was no evidence to suggest that any of the SBS and SBR seized by the state were legally possessed in accordance with federal law.

    If you are discussing the crime rate with your Senator or Representative, it is best to tell them that SBS and SBR are used far less than those firearms are legally owned in the State. Do not tell them that 14 sawed off shotguns are seized each year, unless they specifically ask. Even then it is important to tell them that the data available from me is incomplete and statistically unreliable. Based on the crimes reported, SBR and SBS are not a significant threat to Washington residents. I will scan and put my raw data on a CD for anyone who wants to see it.

    SBS and SBR are currently legal to own in Washington. The military, police, licensed gun dealers and those residents who have legally owned them in the state prior to July 1, 1994 are all allowed to possess them.

    Bill 2099 merely eliminates the date requirement for registration and requires that the SBS or SBR be registered. It does nothing to ease restrictions on illegally possessed sawed off shotguns or short rifles. In other words, the criminals still go to prison and we get a right restored that was taken away back in 1994.

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  2. Ranb

    Ranb Belfair, WA Active Member

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    Here is a break down of the statewide break down of SBS and SBR crimes reported.

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  3. civilian75

    civilian75 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    Rooting for you guys up there.
     
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