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Survey: 29 percent of high school boys have a gun
October 14, 1998
Web posted at: 6:14 p.m. EDT (2214 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Nearly three of every 10 high school boys
have at least one firearm, according to a study funded by
the National Institute of Justice.
The random survey of 10th- and 11th-grade boys from high
schools throughout the United States shows most of the
firearms are intended for hunting and sporting purposes --
not criminal activity.
The 29 percent figure for firearm possession among males 16
to 18 compares to 6 percent who say they carry a gun outside
Survey results show that half of the juveniles believe they
can obtain firearms relatively easily. Relatives and friends
are the primary sources of guns.
The study's random sample includes 734 students in 53
schools. The poll was conducted by surveyors from California
State University and Tulane University in New Orleans.