Abbreviations and Acronyms

Below is a list of abbreviations and acronyms in common use at both the Gun Facts project, and in the sundry disciplines (criminology, sociology, etc.) that are part of gun policy research.

Acronym Full Name
AFTE Association of Firearm and Toolmark Examiners
AIC NHMP Australia Institute of Criminology National Homicide Monitoring Program
ALERRT Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
ASE Active Shooter Event
BATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
BATFE Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
BCS British Crime Survey
CBS Columbia Broadcasting System
CCW Concealed Carry Weapon
CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CEO Chief Executive Officer
CIRV Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence
CMP Civilian Marksmanship Program
CNN Cable News Network
CRB Criminal Records Bureau
DCM Director of Civilian Marksmanship
DGU Defensive Gun Use
DNA Deoxyribonucleic Acid
DOJ Department of Justice
EU European Union
F.O.P./FOP Fraternal Order of Police
FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FBI Federal Bureau of Investigation
FBID Feasibility of a Ballistics Imaging Database
GAO General Accounting Office
GSS General Social Survey
HCI Handgun Control, Inc.
IANSA International Action Network on Small Arms
ID Identification
INS Immigration and Naturalization Service
IRA Irish Republican Army
IT Information Technology
L.A., LA Los Angeles
LEO Law Enforcement Officer
MADD Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
MD IBIS Maryland Integrated Ballistics Identification System
MP Member of Parliament
MPS Mass Public Shooting
MTV Music Television
NCRS National Crime Reporting Standard
NCVS National Crime Victimization Survey
NICS National Instant (Criminal Background) Check System
NIJ National Institute of Justice
ORC Opinion Research Corporation
PAC Political Action Committee
PDF Portable Document Format
RKBA right to keep and bear arms
S.A.F.E. Safety Awareness Firearms Education, Sexually Active Firearm Entrepreneurs
S.F. San Francisco
SAF Second Amendment Foundation
SAS Second Amendment Sisters
SWAT Special Weapons and Tactics
TRAC Transnational Records Access Clearinghouse
U.C. University of California
U.K., UK United Kingdom
U.N. United Nations
U.S., US United States
U.S.S.S. United States Secret Service
UCLA University of California – Los Angeles
UCR Uniform Crime Reports
UCR Uniform Crime Reporting
URL Uniform Resource Locator
USA United States of America
VPC Violence Policy Center
WISQARS Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System