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Kohli, Anil, Aaron Karp and Sonal Marwah. 2011 ‘Trends in firearm fatalities, 1999 - 2008.’ Mapping Murder: The Geography of Indian Firearm Fatalities; IAVA Issue Brief No. 2, p. 6. New Delhi: India Armed Violence Assessment / IAVA and the Small Arms Survey, Geneva. 20 September
Trends in firearm fatalities, 1999 - 2008
The NCRB started reporting information on the use of firearms in murders from the states and union territories in 1999. The number of victims murdered by firearms has nearly halved since 1999 (see Table 10).
A total of 9,294 victims were killed by firearms in 1999, and this number declined in the following years, with 4,101 victims being killed by firearms in 2008. The proportion of murder victims killed by firearms has declined from 24.3 per cent in 1999 to 14 per cent in 2008, leading to the conclusion that murders due to firearms have unquestionably decreased during the past ten years.
As noted above, however, some criminologists and epidemiologists have raised doubts about the NCRB data (see Box 1).
[NCRB = National Crime Records Bureau]