Perhaps you all can help me out...
I've looked a good bit but found no specific info on numbers of registered firearms owners (ie they bought them from an ffl and there is a paper trail showing they legally own them). Further, I cannot find that info on a state-by-state basis.
I haven't found any info on crimes committed with firearms that were illegally possessed either. Any suggestions?
I'm trying to prove a point for class that people who own firearms legally are significantly less likely to use them to commit a crime.
I know you guys wanna help prove this point...
most states don't have specific registration for a firearm. The dealer has a copy of your 4473 but the paper trail ends there unless you are in a community that requires you to register.
Maybe statistics for concealed carry permits would be easier to find. Legal owners of machine guns have a spectacular record since 1934 where only one legal machine gun was used in a crime and that was a police officer as I understand it. There are approximately 350 thousand legal machine guns owned by civilians...I remember seeing the figure somewhere and am still looking since I forgot to keep the figures.
The illegally possessed firearms committing crimes is going to be tough. Many of those people buy the gun legally. Everytime a repeat felon commits a gun crime it is illegal since they shouldn't be having one in the first place.
Try the CCW's search. Post your results for everybody when you finish your research.