The south dominates a list of “iron pipeline” states that channel guns to other places, the anti-gun violence Brady Center said this week. The Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier said that, using federal data on the origins of guns recovered nationally in 2008, the group said dealers in states with weak gun laws supplied out-of-state guns at more than five times the rate that dealers in the states with stronger gun laws did.
Mississippi had the highest rate of recovered crime gun exports, followed by West Virginia, Alabama, Virginia and South Carolina. The ratings were based on the per capita rate of crime gun exports and guns taken across state lines and recovered in a crime. The National Rifle Association was quick to discount the report, saying the Brady organization is misusing the data to advance a political agenda.