Firearms Used In Crime

In the mid-1990s a big hoopla was made about "assault weapons," how bad they were and how they needed to be banned.

Around that time USA Today published a full page graphic of the most popular "crime guns" as reported by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Only one so-called assault weapon is on the list and it is number 9:

  1. Smith & Wesson .38 Special Revolver
  2. Raven Arms .25 caliber
  3. Davis P-380
  4. Smith & Wesson .357 Revolver
  5. Ruger .22 caliber
  6. Lorcin L-380
  7. Smith & Wesson semiautomatic handgun
  8. Mossberg 12 gauge shotgun
  9. Tech DC-9
  10. Remington 12 gauge shotgun

Any numbers from ATF are suspect, both because the agency has an agenda to push and because states don't uniformly report crime statistics to the federal government. Nonetheless, the list above is useful, if one is aware of its limitations.