Illegal Guns in the Wrong Hands uses data from a sample of approximately 800 incarcerated juveniles from Indiana to examine how juvenile offenders obtain firearms, the causes of their firearm acquisition and use, their preferences when it comes to choosing a firearm and the reasons for that choice, and the role that guns play in their offending behaviors.
David C. May is an associate professor and Kentucky Center for School Safety Research Fellow in the Department of Correctional and Juvenile Justice Services at Eastern Kentucky University. He has published numerous articles in the areas of causes of juvenile delinquency, firearm possession among youth, and adolescent fear of crime and a book that examines the relationship between adolescent fear of crime and weapon-related delinquency. G. Roger Jarjoura is an associate professor of criminal justice in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. He received his Ph.D. in criminology from the University of Maryland. His research and teaching interests focus on the relationship between social class and delinquency, the operations of the juvenile justice system, and the cognitive thought processes of juvenile offenders.