Research shows that traffickers obtain guns in different ways — bypassing background checks in unlicensed sales at gun shows or online, making straw purchases from lax or corrupt gun dealers, and theft. But careful analysis shows there are patterns in trafficking and opportunities to shut down these channels. Just one percent of licensed dealers supply 57 percent of guns recovered in crimes. And states with strong laws have been able to deter illegal gun trafficking, even if they are still victimized with guns trafficked from neighboring states with weaker gun laws.

Illegal Gun Trafficking

Illegal Gun Trafficking

Trace the Guns

In September 2010, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released a report that reveals a strong connection between weak gun laws and interstate gun trafficking.

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Reports Online Gun Sales November 12, 2015

Business As Usual

A regulation that clarifies the “engaged in the business” standard would clarify for gun sellers whether they need to get a federal firearms license — and consequently comply with all dealer regulations and conduct background checks. And it would put teeth into the federal statute that law enforcement use to prosecute gun traffickers and high-volume sellers who feed the criminal market.
Fact Sheets Gun Violence Trends November 9, 2015

Nevada Law Enforcement Deaths and Illegal Guns

Between January 1980 and October 2015, 15 law enforcement officers in Nevada were murdered in the line of duty with guns that were not their own. Everytown’s analysis of FBI data and press reports shows that more than half of these murders were committed by individuals who were likely barred by state or federal law from purchasing or possessing firearms.
Reports Gun Violence Trends October 5, 2015

Beyond Gridlock

This report answers President Obama’s call to action in the wake of the horrific shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, and offers five life-saving measures that the Administration could advance to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

Complaint: Everytown v. ATF

Everytown for Gun Safety filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York seeking public records on crime guns from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The complaint was filed under the Freedom of Information Act and seeks public records containing aggregate data on guns recovered from crime scenes nationwide that ATF has successfully traced to their origins.
Fact Sheets Background Checks April 16, 2015

Lessons from Missouri: the Cost of Eliminating Background Checks

For several decades, Missouri required every handgun buyer to pass a criminal background check and obtain a purchase permit. In 2007, the state dismantled its permit system and eliminated the background check requirement.