Homicides and Weapons: Examining the Covariates of Weapon Choice

Pelletier, K. R., & Pizarro, J. M. (2019). Homicides and weapons: Examining the covariates of weapon choiceHomicide studies23(1), 41-63.



This study examines the covariates of weapon choice in homicide incidents. Two research questions are examined. The first research question is: what variables influence the use of a particular type of weapon in a homicide? The second research question asks: how does the method of weapon retrieval, or lack thereof, affect the choice of weapon? The findings suggest that firearms are more likely to be on the offender’s person and carried to the incident scene relative to other weapon types. In addition, the use of specific types of weapons is conditioned by the demographic and lifestyle characteristics of victims and offenders.

Keywords: homicide, firearms, weapons, offender decision making