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National Research Council (U.S.). Committee to Improve Research Information

and Data on Firearms.

Firearms and violence : a critical review / Committee to Improve Research Information

and Data on Firearms ; Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V.

Petrie, editors ; Committee on Law and Justice, Division of Behavioral and Social

Sciences and Education.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-09124-1 (hardcover) — ISBN 0-309-54640-0 (pdf)

1. Firearms and crime—United States. 2. Firearms and crime—Research—United

States. 3. Firearms ownership—United States. 4. Violence—United States. 5. Violence—

United States—Prevention. I. Wellford, Charles F. II. Pepper, John, 1964-

III. Petrie, Carol. IV. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Law and

Justice. V. Title.

HV6789.N37 2004

364.2—dc22

2004024047

Additional copies of this report are available from National Academies Press, 500

Fifth Street, N.W., Lockbox 285, Washington, DC 20055; (800) 624-6242 or (202)

334-3313 (in the Washington metropolitan area); Internet, http://www.nap.edu.

Printed in the United States of America.

Copyright 2005 by the National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

Suggested citation: National Research Council. (2005). Firearms and Violence: A

Critical Review. Committee to Improve Research Information and Data on

Firearms. Charles F. Wellford, John V. Pepper, and Carol V. Petrie, editors.

Committee on Law and Justice, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and

Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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