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KWIC Indicator Narrative

Firearm Related Index Crimes

Data Provider: NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services


Related Indicators:

  • Index Crimes-Firearm Related General Population [view data]

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New York State Uniform Crime Report Index crimes include data on firearms present during the commission of a murder, forcible rape, robbery, or aggravated assault. Collectively, these are referred to as Violent Index crimes.

The firearm-related crime rate is the number of reported Violent Index crimes where a firearm was present divided by an estimated population, and multiplied by 10,000.


The number of Violent Index crimes known to police and involving firearms is a key indicator of the seriousness of crime in an area.


  • A crime is recorded in the jurisdiction in which it is reported to have occurred. For crime reporting program purposes, only the most serious offense in a crime incident is recorded.
  • New York City does not report firearm-related crimes to DCJS so these data are only available for the Rest of the State.


  • In non-New York City counties, there were 4,043 firearm-related Index crimes reported to police during 2017, compared to 5,094 in 2010. 
  • This marks a 21 percent decrease in the number of violent index crimes in which firearms were reported to have been present. The rate of firearm crimes also declined from 4.6 to 3.6 per 10,000 population between 2010 and 2017.

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