How safe are Mainers when it comes to gun crime in their home state?

Posted Nov. 17, 2009, at 9:39 p.m.

Very safe, according to studies and crime statistics compilations.

A comprehensive study on gun violence conducted by the Muskie Policy Center at the University of Southern Maine in 2004 concluded that Maine had the lowest rate of firearm use in violent crimes in the country. Among its findings was the average person had a 1 in 14,136 chance of being a victim of a violent gun crime in Maine.

The FBI’s 2008 Report on Crime in the United States ranks Maine the safest state when it comes to violent crime, with a rate of 117.5 victims per 100,000 population. It did not single out gun violence in the statistics.

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