Firearm Purchase and Possession Leniency Value by State, USA, 12.31.2005

This dataset is the result of trying to determine a way to see which states are more lenient in their firearm purchase and possession policies. Data was taken from other Finder! datasets on firearm purchase and possession restrictions that were released by the US Department of Justice Statistics in their Survey of State Procedures Related to Firearm Sales in 2005.

The following categories were rated: Minimum age to purchase and/or possess a handgun, minimum age to purchase and/or possess a handgun, Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Handguns, Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Long Guns, Number of Firearm Possession and Purchase Denial Laws, and Number of Weapon Type Restrictions.

Each state had a value created that represented their leniency toward each one of the above issues. Then all the values were added together to determine a State Firearm Restrictive Value. States with lower values are much more lax when it comes to their firearm purchase and possession laws. Below is a longer description for each category that provides more clarity in how the values were determined.

Possession and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Handguns - 6 = must be 21 or older, 5 = must be 19 or older, 4 = must be 18 or older, 2 = must be 16 or older, 1 = must be 14 or older, 0 = no age restriction.

Possession and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Long guns (rifle or a shotgun) - 5 = must be 21 or older, 4 = must be 18 or older, 3 = must be 16 or older, 2 = must be 14 or older, 1 = must be 12 or older, 0 = no age restriction.

Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Handguns and Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Long Guns - if a state restricts juvenile offenders from purchasing/possessing a firearm, handguns or long guns. 0 = No restriction, 3 = restrictions.

Number of Firearm Possession and Purchase Denial Laws - 10 different reasons for not being able to purchase or possess a firearm were analyzed across all the states. The restrictions include being guilty of felonies, misdemeanors, fugitive status, mental illness, court order, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, minor/underage, juvenile offender, and alien status. The number for each state represents the amount of these restriction that that state uses as a means to deny someone firearm purchase or possession.

Number of Weapon Type Restrictions - 6 different types of firearms restrictions were analyzed across all the states. They include: assault weapons, machine guns, short-barrel rifle, short-barrel shotgun, unsafe handguns, and other types of firearms. The number for each state represents the amount of these weapon types that are restricted in the state.

This section shows information about this dataset's attributes
Attributes Range Median Mean Std. Dev.
Possesion and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Handguns
 
0  to  6
4 4.56 1.33
Possesion and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Handguns
Possesion and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Long Guns
 
0  to  5
4 2.90 1.74
Possesion and Purchase Age Restriction Leniency: Long Guns
Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Handguns
 
0  to  3
3 1.62 1.51
Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Handguns
Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Long Guns
 
0  to  3
0 1.44 1.51
Juvenile Offender Restrictions Leniency: Long Guns
Number of Firearm Possession and Purchase Denial Laws Value
 
1  to  10
6 5.66 2.39
Number of Firearm Possession and Purchase Denial Laws
Number of Weapon Type Restrictions Value
 
0  to  6
3 2.72 1.57
Number of Weapon Type Restrictions
State Firearm Restrictive value
 
1  to  31
20 18.90 7.28
The total summation of all the following categories that gives the state a value that represents how lenient they are toward firearm purchase and possession
State Text column (no statistics available)
Name of the State