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Require Gun Owners to Report Lost or Stolen Firearms

  • Researchers estimate that nationwide, over 380,000 guns are stolen from private citizens annually.
  • Currently 15 states and Washington DC require that gun owners report when their firearms are stolen or lost.*
  • This reporting structure allows for a better understanding of how many firearms are stolen and can help in investigations of gun trafficking.**
  • Studies have shown a reduction of 46% in illegal gun movement when lost or stolen firearm reporting is required.***

 

Sources

* Lost and Stolen Reporting. (2022, August 29). Everytown Research & Policy. https://everytownresearch.org/rankings/law/lost-and-stolen-reporting/

**Kohrman, M. (2017, November 20). Only 11 States Require Gun Owners to Report Stolen Weapons to Police. The Trace. https://www.thetrace.org/2017/11/stolen-guns-reporting-requirements/

***Kahane, L. H. (2012). Understanding the Interstate Export of Crime Guns: A Gravity Model Approach. Contemporary Economic Policy, 31(3), 618–634. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2012.00324.x

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