Gun-Related Crime in North Dakota: Results From PSN Research

Wojciech Cebulak, Minot State University

This paper deals with results from most of the first year of research conducted by a team of researchers at Minot State University's Rural Crime and Justice Center as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods. With its low crime rates and largely rural nature, the state of North Dakota poses unique challenges for researchers. The paper describes the methodology used, research limitations, preliminary results, and possible recommendations coming from the research. even though Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide initiative, the research being conducted in the North Dakota district once again underlines the need for flexibility in adapting PSN's core components to different local circumstances. The nature of both gun violence per se and violations of gun laws reflect North Dakota's profile against the background of other, more populous and more urbanized states.

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Updated 05/20/2006