An analysis of lost and stolen firearms ties thousands of weapons to crimes committed on the city’s streets.
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.
Governor Greg Abbott and Houston officials are calling for the state legislature to pass a lost-and-stolen reporting requirement.
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.
The Deadline Club award comes as we extend our partnership model to new audiences and mediums.
Citing The Trace’s Reporting, Top Gun Violence Scholar Calls For More Research on Threat of Stolen Firearms
“I want to emphasize that gun theft is potentially an important source of guns to violent criminals but we have not taken the steps that are necessary to really develop the evidence."
Through dogged data reporting and vivid storytelling, "Missing Pieces" shows how stolen firearms are fueling the very crimes against which American gun owners seek to arm themselves.
A Man Went on a Deadly Rampage With a Stolen Gun at an Oregon Mall. His Victims’ Families Are Now Pushing for a Safe-Storage Law.
A proposed ballot initiative in the Beaver State would require gun owners to lock up their weapons — and be liable if their unsecured firearms are stolen and used to harm others.
Sometimes before authorities know they’re missing.
The offenses included a kidnapping and murder.
With NBC Connecticut, we identified more than 1,000 stolen weapons in the state of Connecticut, including many that were later used in crimes.
Thousands of weapons go missing in the state each year.
Thieves are hitting more licensed firearms dealers — and making off with a great number of weapons.
A local gun owner awoke to find his weapon stolen. Days later, it was used to kill a man.
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.
With 9News, we identified more than 600 stolen weapons that were later used in crimes in Colorado, including several murders.
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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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