Research by a Columbia University professor shows North Carolina is the No. 4 source in the country for guns smuggled into New York and sold on the black market, the Associated Press reports.
Offenders can buy a handgun in North Carolina for $100 and sell it for $500 or more in New York. That has made the Interstate 95 corridor a pipeline for illegal gun trafficking.
“North Carolina is among the biggest source states for firearms not only for New York, but probably for New Jersey as well,” said Dr. Howard Andrews, a biostatistics professor at the university’s School of Public Health.
His analysis shows that a large percentage of crimes involving guns in New York are committed with firearms illegally bought in the Southeast.
Andrews was given access to a previously sealed U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives database that outlines the origins of firearms involved in crime.