Report: 10 States Sell Half of Imported Crime Guns

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - A report being released Monday by a mayors
group finds that nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines
and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states.
Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to
crimes in other states, says 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 guns 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.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by BBgun Location: Madison on Sep 29, 2010 at 07:57 AM
    Were the criminals using these guns also from the same ten states? I doubt it. Again they should blame the people doing the crime not the gun or state where the gun was orginally purchased.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 07:07 AM
    "Sures shoot'in, I'll prolly see you there!"
  • by Anonymous on Sep 29, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    Big Deal....take the population of those 10 states and you have 50% of the population...California, Texas,Florida, Penn rank #1, 2, 4, 6 in population
  • by Patriot Location: USA on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    Did this same "group" figure out which states the the automobiles that killed thousands of citizens each year were made? Just wondering.
  • by want to know Location: fl on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    i would have belived most were stolen guns used in crimes,where some of these sold in these states then stolen from owners and blackmarket!!!!
  • by Chad Location: Tallahassee, FL on Sep 28, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    These 10 states represent 46.5% of the US population. The people that conducted this study wasted A LOT of money, if their major finding was that these states sold 49% of guns. That isn't even a statistically significant difference from the population. Statistics fail.
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