Someone was sent by in a search for “pct legal guns used in crime.”
The intent of the search could be any of several different things.
To avoid speculation and unfounded and indefensible guesses:
Production and survival records tell us there should be some 740 million guns that are either serviceable or easily restored to service in the United States, and we are adding to those guns at a rate close to sixteen million a year. Further, criminologits estimate there are sixteen million guns in the hands of the criminal underworld, from which most crime guns are drawn.
Making the assumption that the number wanted is for the United States, and making the assumption that a gun is not a “crime gun” unless it has been used to facilitate a crime in the current year:
The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates there were 414,000 gun facilitated crimes of all levels of seriousness, from playground threats with toys to murder.
Several pre-internet DOJ and BJS studies suggest working criminals will commit one felony every 48 hours from the time they are released from prison until they are back behind bars. M
Modern prison surveys suggest the mean number of gun facilitated crimes per working is 18. Further assuming that the criminal does not trade guns in the middle of a crime spree.
When everything is factored in, it appears approximately 22,000 career criminals commit some 290,000 serious gun facilitated crimes, another 4,200 citizens with no criminal record commit 16,000 gun facilitated crimes, and 105,000 reported crimes are trivial “kid stuff.””
Given that, and assuming only one crime per criminal per crime spree, that 4 guns in 100,000 or 1 in 25,000 will be used to facilitate a serious crime.
On the other hand, the criminal underworld has guns enough on hand to last for many centuries, so even a total ban on gun swill not greatly inconvenience the “Your money or your life” set.