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FBI Data Indicates Crime Declined as Americans Purchased More Guns in 2023

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FBI data reported lower crime rates in 2023 despite over a million monthly background checks for gun purchases throughout the year and leading up to 2023.

Murder declined 13% from 2022 to 2023, while violent crime fell 6% and property crime 4%.

“It suggests that when we get the final data in October, we will have seen likely the largest one-year decline in murder that has ever been recorded,” former CIA analyst Jeff Asher stated.

Similarly in 2013, background checks for private gun sales surged to over 21 million yet violent and property crimes decreased in the first half of 2014.

Broadly, a 2012 study found that as gun ownership in America jumped from 192 million in 1994 to 309 million by 2009, the firearm-related murder rate fell from 6.6 per 100,000 people in 1993 to 3.6 in 2000 and 3.2 in 2011.

The data suggests higher rates of gun sales and ownership may not correlate with increased crime rates in the United States.

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