Report: 10 states sell half of imported crime guns
(AP) – 1 hour ago
WASHINGTON — Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors’ group.
Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, said the survey by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an association of more than 500 mayors led by New York’s Michael Bloomberg and Boston’s Thomas Menino.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 145,000 guns used in crimes in 2009 and found that more than 43,000 of those weapons were sold in other states.
Forty-nine percent of those guns were sold in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California or Arizona.
States were also ranked by the number of crime guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants. Mississippi led that list, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada and Georgia.
Those states, the report said, have more relaxed gun laws, suggesting that “criminals and gun traffickers may favor certain states as the sources of guns.”
For example, in states that do not require background checks for handgun sales at gun shows, the crime-gun export rate was two-and-a-half times as much as the rate in states that do require such checks.
The accuracy of this “report” comes into question right away when you look at the source, what reporter in their right mind would use an anti-gun organization like “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” to base their information? And why does it seem that these ‘reports’ never have a by-line?
The first thing that struck me was that California was one of the states on the ’10’ list. How can a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country be one of the biggest suppliers of illegal guns?
The other tidbit of info left out is how many of the so-called imported guns were acquired by illegal means. And while all their numbers may look impressive, think about this. 43,000 guns were originally sold in outside states. Of that 21,000 (49%) were sold in one of ten states. That averages out to 2100 per state.
In 2009 almost 500,000 firearms were sold in Pennsylvania, so even if all 2100 guns that were used in crimes in other states came from PA in one year, that is less than 1/2 of 1%. If you consider that a good percentage of these firearms may have been originally sold in PA anytime since the 1938 Federal Firearms Act, that makes this report even more worthless.
All this report proves it that the anti-gun movement, and more importantly the Mayors Against Illegal Guns organization, continue to change or distort the facts to suit their purpose.