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Use of Firearms in Terrorist Attacks in the United States 1970-2014


Gun violence in the United States and abroad remains a topic of discussion among the general public, government and law enforcement community. To better understand how firearms have been used in terrorist attacks, START examined the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and compiled this report. The analysis within this report pertains only to attacks that meet the GTD’s inclusion criteria and definition of terrorism: the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious or social goal through fear, coercion or intimidation.

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Full Citation:

Miller, Erin. 2015. "Use of Firearms in Terrorist Attacks the United States 1970-2014." START, COllege Park, MD. July. http://www.start.umd.edu/pubs/START_FirearmsinTerrorism_BackgroundReport_July2015.pdf

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