Guns Stolen From Where?!

( – The incidence of firearms being stolen from vehicles has surged to three times its rate from a decade ago, as detailed in a report by the gun violence prevention advocacy group, Everytown for Gun Safety.

This report, published on Thursday, reveals a stark increase in these thefts over the past ten years among cities that submit their crime data to the FBI, The Hill reports.

The prevalence of such incidents escalated from approximately 21.0 thefts per 100,000 individuals in 2013 to 63.1 per 100,000 in 2022.

“Guns stolen from cars often go from legal hands to the illegal market, where they are too often used to carry out other crimes, including assaults and homicides. But these thefts are preventable, as is the heartbreak and long-lasting trauma of the violence they can cause,” stated Sarah Burd-Sharps, senior director of research at Everytown for Gun Safety, in a press release.

“Gun owners must securely store their guns — whether in the car or in the home — to save lives,” she added.

Further findings in the report indicate that in 2022, the rate of gun theft from cars was significantly higher—18 times greater—in cities within states identified by Everytown as having “the weakest gun safety laws” compared to those with “the strongest laws.”

“In many of these cities, high rates of gun ownership and laws that make it easier to carry guns in public create conditions under which gun thefts from cars may be more likely,” the report suggests.

Amidst this backdrop, gun-related fatalities in the United States have reached unprecedented levels in recent years, coinciding with a substantial rise in gun ownership.

Nearly 60 million firearms were purchased by Americans between 2020 and 2022.

In response to the escalating gun violence, the Biden administration has implemented measures to tighten regulations on gun sales.

Notably, the Justice Department last month declared the completion of a final rule to be added to the federal register, aimed at eliminating the “gun-show loophole.”

This rule modifies the criteria for defining firearm sellers “engaged in business,” thus requiring those who sell firearms at gun shows, flea markets, and online to obtain a federal firearms license.

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