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Table 2 Characteristics of California handgun purchasers with a history of criminal charges in 2001, limited to people aged 21 to 49

From: Criminal charge history, handgun purchasing, and demographic characteristics of legal handgun purchasers in California

  Men
N = 12,706a
Women
N = 586a
Demographics
Age (median, IQR) 34 (27–41) 35 (28–41)
Race/ethnicity   
 White (%) 7975 (62.77) 331 (56.48)
 Black (%) 1115 (8.78) 136 (23.21)
 Hispanic (%) 2611 (20.55) 83 (14.16)
 Asian (%) 683 (5.38) 23 (3.92)
 Native American (%) 95 (0.75) 5 (0.85)
 Other (%) 222 (1.75) 8 (1.37)
 Unknown (%) 5 (0.04)
Criminal charge history
 Number of arrests (median, IQR) 2 (1–3) 2 (1–3)
 Years since last charge (median, IQR) 6.89 (2.92–12.32) 5.75 (2.55–10.49)
Criminal charge typeb
 Firearm related (%)c 2102 (16.54) 32 (5.46)
 Violence (%) 4101 (31.28) 151 (25.77)
 Firearm violence (%) 462 (3.64) 12 (2.05)
 Crime Index Violence (%) 2140 (16.84) 81 (13.82)
 IPV or sexual violence (%) 948 (7.46) 25 (4.27)
 Alcohol related (%) 2498 (19.66) 73 (12.46)
 Drug related (%) 2408 (18.95) 146 (24.91)
 Non-violent, non-firearm (%) 10,975 (86.38) 526 (89.76)
  1. aOf all handgun purchasers aged 21–49 years (N men = 72,522; N women = 7156), 17.52% of men and 8.19% of women had a criminal charge at purchase. Criminal history could not be determined for 249 of the 79,927 handgun purchasers aged 21–49, so they were excluded from the denominators
  2. bCategories are not mutually exclusive
  3. cFirearm related charges include charges related to violence (e.g., assault), trafficking, and possession violations
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