Follow the Movement of Crime Guns in America: Click a State or Law.
had the Highest Rate of Crime Gun
The Source States for Crime Guns: A Map of
in 2009

Ten Key State Laws That Curb Illegal Gun Trafficking

has of 10 laws:

Click on a law to see which states have enacted it and how the law is linked to illegal gun trafficking.

  • Allows Criminal Penalties for Buying a Gun for Someone who Can't
  • Allows Criminal Penalties for Buying a Gun with False Information
  • Allows Criminal Penalties for Selling a Gun without a Proper Background Check
  • Requires Background Checks for all Handgun Sales at Gun Shows
  • Requires Purchase Permit for All Handgun Sales
  • Grants Law Enforcement Discretion in Issuing Concealed Carry Permits
  • Prohibits Violent Misdemeanor Criminals from Possessing Guns
  • Requires Reporting Lost or Stolen Guns to Law Enforcement
  • Allows Local Communities to Enact Gun Laws
  • Allows Inspections of Gun Dealers
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Crime Gun Export Rates

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# = Crime Guns Originally Sold inRecovered in Originally Sold in Another State

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Top Sources of Crime Guns in America

This map shows the differences among states' crime gun export rates. To trace the guns, click on a state above or a law to the right.

Every year, tens of thousands of guns make their way into the hands of criminals. This website examines where guns recovered in crimes were originally sold by gun dealers, using 2009 data collected by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). It also demonstrates how state gun laws help curb illegal gun trafficking.

Portion of Crime Guns from Other States
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National average: 29.8%

Top Suppliers of Guns Recovered in Crimes

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guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants

14.1 national average of guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants

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of 's Guns Have a Short Time-to-Crime

The percentage of guns recovered in a crime within two years of original sale — a strong indicator of gun trafficking.


National Average: 22.6%

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Short Time-to-Crime Guns

The percentage of guns recovered in a crime within two years of original sale — a strong indicator of gun trafficking.

Crime Gun Export Rate

guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants

guns exported per 100,000 inhabitants