Skip to comments.'Hot' Guns Fueling Crime, US Study Says (Captain Obvious to the rescue!)
Posted on 01/27/2013 6:56:25 AM PST by Red in Blue PA
Christmas is the one day of the year that Wal-Mart is closed, but for a group of four New Mexico burglars, it was the perfect time to stop in for some firearms.
Video surveillance cameras caught the masked burglars red-handed, stealing rifle after rifle. Police arrested the four men, and were able to recover the guns. But all too often, stolen weapons end up in the hands of criminals.
The New Mexico caper is part of a flood of gun thefts nationwide. And it's not only commercial gun dealers vulnerable to theft.
Guns are a top target for home burglars looking for something they can easily sell on the street.
An estimated 230,000 guns per year are stolen in home burglaries and property crimes, according to a study by the Department of Justice.
"Any burglar that goes in a house and finds guns, their eyes are going to light up," says former ATF Assistant Director Mike Bouchard. "That's the first thing they're going to take."
The statistics for commercial thefts show that nearly 25,000 guns per year are lost or stolen from gun dealers.
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The government should ban stealing guns.
I thought most criminals got their guns from gun shows or straw purchasers. /sarc
Indeed. And illegal crack cocaine fuels the illegal crack cocaine industry. The government should outlaw crack cocaine, outlaw smuggling it across the borders and confiscate it all: that would solve the problem! oh, wait ...
And a newspaper in New York state provided criminals with an interactive shopping map.
Stealing your guns? No way! It’s against the law to steal. You’re saying fast and furious criminals small and large want to take your guns? Why?
Agreed. And murder, too.