Thieves are hitting more licensed firearms dealers — and making off with a great number of weapons.
The Trace, in partnership with more than a dozen local NBC TV stations, spent over a year reporting on the relationship between stolen guns and violent crime. Reporters obtained records from in excess of 1,000 police departments and law enforcement agencies across the U.S. and connected thousands of weapons to crime scenes.
Lead reporting by Brian Freskos
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A local gun owner awoke to find his weapon stolen. Days later, it was used to kill a man.
The Trace and its partners spent a year acquiring data on stolen and recovered guns. Now we are making it available for journalists, researchers, and the public to use.
More than two million guns have been reported stolen in the last decade.
The .40-caliber pistol used in the shooting had previously been stolen from a federal officer’s car.
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“I cry a lot, you know? This one moment you have legs and you can walk, and the next moment you wake up and you’re paralyzed.”
Law enforcement officials say theft reports aid criminal investigations, and their understanding of gun-trafficking networks.
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