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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.***



* Lost and Stolen Reporting. (2022, August 29). Everytown Research & Policy.

**Kohrman, M. (2017, November 20). Only 11 States Require Gun Owners to Report Stolen Weapons to Police. The Trace.

***Kahane, L. H. (2012). Understanding the Interstate Export of Crime Guns: A Gravity Model Approach. Contemporary Economic Policy, 31(3), 618–634.



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Please join Protect Minnesota later this month in Duluth for an important conversation. As we’re gearing up for the 2023 elections and the 2024 legislative session, it’s more important than ever that the gun violence prevention community has the chance to connect with each other, share our priorities, and voice our hopes for the coming months and years.

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