Gun crimes go up by nearly 25 percent in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WREG) -- Fire-arm related crimes went up by almost 25 percent in Tennessee over a four-year period, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

In a report released Friday, the TBI listed the nature and volume of reported firearm-related crime across the state from 2013-2016 using data collected from law enforcement agencies.

The data also revealed that there was a 54 percent increase in the number of reported murders involving a fire-arm over the same period of time, and it showed that aggravated assaults accounted for the largest portion of reported fire-arm related crime and increased by 30 percent.

According to the report, men were nine times more likely to engage in fire-arm related criminal offenses than women, and the TBI said the increase of fire-arm related crimes posed a serious threat to public safety.