These figures come as self-reported gun ownership is at the highest levels in twenty years and polls showing that Americans are unhappy with current gun laws at rates that haven’t been seen in over a decade.
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The FBI has released their Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report for 2013 and the numbers show that rates of violent crime, property crime, and arson have all decreased.
In the report the Bureau compares crime statistics for the first six months of 2013 (January to June) with the same time period in 2012.
The data comes via information garnered from 12,723 law enforcement agencies across the country and is compiled by the FBI for statistical purposes as part of the Unified Crime Reports.