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Guns recovered in the District and Prince George's County

Every few hours on average, police in the District and Prince George's County confiscate a gun. Based on available data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, D.C. has the fourth-highest rate of firearm seizure per square mile among major cities. Locally, Prince George's County police seize more guns in a year than Montgomery, Fairfax or Arlington counties. Read related article.

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Gun recoveries per sq. mile

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Every few hours on average, police in the District and Prince George's County confiscate a gun. Based on available data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, D.C. has the fourth-highest rate of firearm seizure per square mile among major cities. Locally, Prince George's County police seize more guns in a year than Montgomery, Fairfax or Arlington counties. Read related article.

Where guns are seized most often

Alabama Avenue SE near Congress Heights
The corner of the District east of the Anacostia River
Northeast D.C. near Florida Avenue and Bladensburg Road

guns

were recovered within a half mile of this point from January 2000 to March 2013

Guns seized over time

Note: guns from 2013 not charted

Types of guns seized

Semiautomatic handguns

Revolvers and other handguns

Semiautomatic rifles

All other rifles

Shotguns

Air-powered guns

Not reported

No data for this area

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Gun recoveries per sq. mile

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  • 250

  • 1000+

Breaking down the guns seized by police

Total guns collected

From 2000 through 2012, law enforcement recovered more than 28,000 guns in the District and nearly 19,000 guns in Prince George’s County. D.C. includes non-firearms such as BB guns; Prince George's does not.

D.C., all guns D.C., firearms only Prince George's

Violent crime since 2000

While the number of guns recovered annually has slightly decreased, violent crime has dropped at a greater pace — down 19 percent in D.C. and 37 percent in Prince George's — since 2000.

D.C. Prince George's

Breakdown of recovered firearms

These percentages do not include nearly 3,400 air guns — weapons not considered a firearm under federal law — that were collected by D.C. police and sent to firearms examiners who then logged the guns into a database. In Prince George’s County, these types of guns are not included in gun recovery logs.

District of Columbia

Prince George's County

How guns were recovered

About this data

This report is based on data for nearly 47,000 guns seized or recovered by police and submitted to the firearms examination units in the District and Prince George's County from 2000 through early 2013. Totals include some guns from other regional law enforcement agencies, as well as guns taken in amnesty or buy-back programs, and some air-powered guns or other replicas. Some recovery locations could not be mapped. Details about each gun vary, depending on the jurisdiction and the information supplied by the officer who recovered the gun.

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guns

were recovered within a half mile of this point from January 2000 to March 2013

Guns seized over time

Note: guns from 2013 not charted

Types of guns seized

Semiautomatic handguns

Revolvers and other handguns

Semiautomatic rifles

All other rifles

Shotguns

Air-powered guns

Not reported

No data for this area

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Where guns are seized most often
Alabama Avenue SE near Congress Heights
The corner of the District east of the Anacostia River
Northeast D.C. near Florida Avenue and Bladensburg Road
Total guns recovered

From 2000 through 2012, law enforcement recovered more than 28,000 guns in the District and nearly 19,000 guns in Prince George’s County. D.C. includes non-firearms such as BB guns; Prince George's does not.

D.C., all guns D.C., firearms only Prince George's
Violent crime since 2000

While the number of guns recovered annually has slightly decreased, violent crime has dropped at a greater pace — down 19 percent in D.C. and 37 percent in Prince George's — since 2000.

D.C. Prince George's
Breakdown of recovered firearms

These percentages do not include nearly 3,400 air guns — weapons not considered a firearm under federal law — that were collected by D.C. police and sent to firearms examiners who then logged the guns into a database. In Prince George’s County, these types of guns are not included in gun recovery logs.

How guns were recovered
About this data

This report is based on data for nearly 47,000 guns seized or recovered by police and submitted to the firearms examination units in the District and Prince George's County from 2000 through early 2013. Totals include some guns from other regional law enforcement agencies, as well as guns taken in amnesty or buy-back programs and some air-powered guns or other replicas. Some recovery locations could not be mapped. Details about each gun vary depending on the jurisdiction and the information supplied by the officer who recovered the gun.

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