Of more than 10,000 guns recovered in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., last year, nearly half came from Virginia, say federal data reported by the Washington Post. Virginia was among the top sources of guns recovered by authorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and South Carolina. In New York, more recovered guns came from Virginia than from any other outside state — roughly one of 11 traced.
The federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gathered information from police agencies across U.S. and compiled state-by-state reports detailing types of offenses and where firearms originated. The ATF traces nearly 300,000 guns a year to determine where they were sold to customers. Gun control advocates have complained for years that the state has fewer restrictions than other jurisdictions do. The report does not provide breakdowns indicating how many of the traced guns were purchased legally. Authorities said the overwhelming majority of guns traced were used in crimes. Yesterday’s report marked the first time in recent years that ATF has released such statistics. As a result, it was difficult to say whether last year’s tallies fit a larger pattern.