About 1.4 million firearms were stolen during household burglaries and other property crimes between 2005 and 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. That is about 232,400 firearms stolen each year— 172,000 during burglaries and 60,300 during other crimes. Of the guns stolen, at least 80 percent had not been recovered up to six months after being stolen.
Longer trends from 1994 to 2010 show a 49 percent decline in the total number of victimizations involving the theft of at least one firearm, from
about 283,600 victimizations in 1994 to about 145,300 in 2010. Handguns were the most commonly stolen firearm from 2005 through 2010. More than one gun was stolen in 39 percent of burglaries and 15 percent of other property crimes involving gun theft. About three out of four household property crimes involving stolen firearms were in households headed by white non-Hispanic persons. The majority of household burglaries (56 percent)
or other property crimes (59 percent) involving stolen firearms occurred in the South.