The disclosure comes as the ATF is revealing new details on a big jump in firearms thefts that has law enforcement leaders alarmed.
New research indicates that people who routinely carry guns outside the home are at least three times as likely to have one stolen.
“Cars were not designed to be gun safes,” said one Texas lieutenant.
Few states require dealers to lock up their firearms after hours.
Police are recovering greater numbers of high-caliber firearms from crime scenes — a trend experts say could be driving up lethality rates.
Thieves Are Stealing More and More Guns in St. Louis. One Official Wants to Force Owners to Better Secure Their Weapons.
Nearly 850 firearms were stolen in the city last year, and those are just the ones police know about.
Hurricane Matthew provided cover for thieves to steal 229 firearms from a South Carolina retailer. The weapons haven’t yet been recovered.
Last year, Charlotte reported the third most gun thefts among the nearly 50 large cities that provided data to The Trace.
Guns Are Stolen in America Up to Once Every Minute. Owners Who Leave Their Weapons in Cars Make It Easy for Thieves.
Police data shows thefts of firearms from vehicles are rising in many large cities. One gun swiped from a truck in Atlanta was used in three crimes, including a murder.
A small-town Connecticut police force tries a tough-love twist to secure firearms storage.
With only two states regulating how gun shops secure their inventories after hours, gun store theft is often achieved via simple brute force.
The Gun in the San Francisco Pier Shooting Was Stolen from a Federal Agent. Four Questions to Focus on Next.
Why gun thieves target cars, and why gun thefts of all kinds often go unreported.