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Report: 10 states sell half of imported crime guns

Nearly half of the guns that crossed state lines and were used in crimes in 2009 were sold in just 10 states, according to a report being released Monday by a mayors’ group.

Those states accounted for nearly 21,000 guns connected to crimes in other states, said 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 of those weapons 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.

States were also ranked by the number of crime guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants. Mississippi led that list, followed by West Virginia, Kentucky, Alaska, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Nevada and Georgia.

Those states, the report said, have more relaxed gun laws, suggesting that “criminals and gun traffickers may favor certain states as the sources of guns.”

For example, in states that do not require background checks for handgun sales at gun shows, the crime-gun export rate was two-and-a-half times as much as the rate in states that do require such checks.

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  1. And the point is? Where guns are easy to acquire, people will buy them. Where guns are harder to acquire, people will buy them. Where guns are impossible to buy, bad guys will steal them. Stop attempting to punish and penalize law abiding citizens and gun owners and start, seriously, punishing those who break our laws.

  2. The point is simple: We must require background checks on guns sold at gun shows in Arizona just like we do for guns sold from Arizona storefronts. Of course, that is easier said than done in a state where most politicians are bought-and-paid-for by the NRA.

  3. Mr. Rose, Take a moment to call the ATF or even attend a gun show. You will quickly learn that all FFL dealers must do a back ground check for all sales. Including those at gun shows. You do not know of what you speak. So know the facts before you speak and sound like another liberal party line mouth piece. Also, I do not know all politicians but to say that most are bought and paid for is just ludicrous and insulting to those who are serving us. Have you ever served? That would be other then yourself. Have there been ANY claims by politicians of attempted bribery by the NRA, anywhere? Some one must say no if all of them have been solicited.

    Get a clue, get a life, get and education from some place else then the Democratic Party.

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