The Police Foundation. NATIONAL STUDY OF PRIVATE OWNERSHIP OF FIREARMS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1994. ICPSR version. Radnor, PA: Chilton Research Services [producer], 1994. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06955.v1
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06955.v1
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Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation:
Adults living in the United States.
Data Collection Notes:
The user guide, codebook, and data collection
instruments are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.
The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and
can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat
Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is
provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.
To learn more about the role of firearms in
crime, the National Institute of Justice sponsored, through a grant to
the Police Foundation, a nationally representative survey on private
ownership and use of firearms by American adults. The research covered
topics such as: (1) the size, composition, and ownership of the
nation's private gun inventory, (2) methods of, and reasons for,
firearms acquisition, (3) the storage and carrying of guns, and (4)
the defensive use of firearms against criminal attackers.
The Police Foundation contracted with Chilton Research
Services to conduct the survey. Minimums were established for the
number of completed interviews with racial minorities and gun-owning
households. Such households were more likely to be included in the
final sample. Weights were calculated to adjust for this design
National probability sample.
Description of Variables:
The data contain variables on methods of firearms
acquisition, use of firearms, number and types of firearms owned,
storage and carrying of guns, and reasons for and against firearm
ownership. Basic demographic variables include sex, age, education,
and employment of the respondent.
Approximately 50 percent.
Presence of Common Scales:
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of
disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major
statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to
these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
Standardized missing values.
Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.