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Agency report
Gun points 1996: firearms forfeitures in Minnesota

Extent: 13p., 109K, PDF
Description: Almost half of all firearms forfeited by law enforcement in 1996 were for criminal activities such as drug-related crimes, assault, robbery, theft and traffic violations
Date: December 1, 1997
Subject(s): Crime and criminals; Crime prevention; Criminal justice information systems; Criminal justice records; Criminal statistics; Firearms
Creator(s): Minnesota Planning (Agency). Criminal Justice Statistics Center
Publisher: Minnesota Planning (Agency).
Contact: Gail Carlson,

Across Minnesota, law enforcement agencies in 19 counties reported receiving a total of 1,810 forfeited firearms. Eight out of 10 of these weapons were destroyed, in most cases by being melted down. Remaining guns were either retained for law enforcement use or sent to the Minnesota Historical Society or insurance companies. Additional information presented in this report includes state and regional data on firearm characteristics, reasons for forfeiture, final disposition of the weapons and several strategies for obtaining better firearms-related data in Minnesota.

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