TBI director ‘deeply concerned’ with surge in TN gun-related crime (up 25 percent, 2013 through 2016)

Press release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a report today (Thursday) detailing the nature and volume of reported firearms-related crime across the state over a four-year period.

The report, “Firearm Violence in Tennessee: 2013-2016,” utilizes data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). Among the report’s findings:

  • From 2013 to 2016, firearm-related criminal offenses increased by 24.8%.
  • The number of reported Murders involving a firearm increased by 54.7% in the four-year study period.
  • Aggravated Assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported firearms-related crime, and increased by 30.5% from 2013 to 2016.
  • Males (85.8%) were nine times more likely to engage in firearm-related criminal offenses than Females (8.8%).

“I am deeply concerned with the findings of this report reflecting a substantial increase in firearm-related crimes in our state,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “This increase puts an additional strain on Tennessee’s law enforcement resources and poses a serious threat to public safety.”

The TBI embarked on this study, the first of its kind in Tennessee, to support efforts by the United States Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics to develop a number of national statistical studies to better understand a variety of crimes, including those involving firearms.

Note: The full report is HERE.

Excerpt from a Johnson City Press report that provides more details than the press release:

Most of the firearm offenses, about 51.8 percent, happened in a residence or home, while highways and roads accounted for 21.1 percent of locations where those crimes occurred.

The number of firearm crimes reported in a church, synagogue or temple was just 29 in 2013 before dropping to 14 in 2014 and 16 in 2015. That figure grew back up to 38 in 2016, not accounting the Antioch church shooting in September, which left one dead.



4 Responses to TBI director ‘deeply concerned’ with surge in TN gun-related crime (up 25 percent, 2013 through 2016)

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    Norma Shirk says:

    Grim reading and yet the idiots in the state legislature continue to make it easier for more people to have guns in this state and take them everywhere – to work, to parks, to church, to go shopping. What next for the idiots in the state house? Issuing guns to newborns so that they can get an early start on dying young due to a gun?

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    Junelandrum says:

    Yes gen assembly has allowed guns to be carried in too many places. Can now bring them in to Cordell bldg. the average citizen will go thru lots of red tape to gain entry. A criminal with a gun will find a way. Hopefully not!

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    Steve L. says:

    The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is the basis for the legislatures lawmaking. There is a way to change that Amendment legally. I am far more concerned about traffic deaths and injuries. Drunk driving and driving too fast are the prime causes. Hard jail time for drunk driving and lower the top speed limits to 55 mph. Very easy to do both. Taking away my Second Amendment rights, not so easy.

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    Penny Tucker says:

    Our county is saturated with all the acronyms you can come up with. I’d like to know why. The wAY IT IS BEING DONE WILL ULTIMATELY END UP WITH SOME Of THESE “GOOD GUYS” BEING HURT OR KILLED– Because they are treating common citizens like criminals for driving down their tax payers roads just driving from point A to point B. It’s a disgrace and trouble will follow. Some of the charges against these people when they are pulled over are absolutely absurd and ridiculous charges.

    Quoting Bob Dylan ” you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”.

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