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A Criminal’s Delight: Gun Manufacturers “Lost” More Than 16,000 Firearms Since 2009

September 7, 2011 Comments off

A Criminal’s Delight: Gun Manufacturers “Lost” More Than 16,000 Firearms Since 2009
Source: Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

A new Brady Center report, “Missing Guns: Lost and Dangerous” shows that licensed gun manufacturers nationwide “lost” an average of at least 18 firearms every day over the last two and a half years, according to a Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence analysis of new data released in August by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The “Missing Guns: Lost and Dangerous” report shows that, from 2009 to the middle of 2011, at least 16,485 firearms left gun manufacturers’ inventory without a record of being legally sold. This report follows a January 2011 Brady Center report, “Missing Guns,” which found that the nation’s gun retail dealers also “lost” more than 62,000 firearms since 2008.

Firearms that leave gun manufacturers’ plants without records of sale are frequently trafficked by gun traffickers and prized by criminals because the guns are difficult, and often impossible, to trace. Some guns are taken from gun manufacturing plants before they have been stamped with serial numbers, making them virtually untraceable – a criminal’s delight.

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