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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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.
Legal Documents Illegal Gun Trafficking November 10, 2014

Everytown Comments on Guns Lost or Stolen in Transit from Gun Dealers

In this comment to ATF, Everytown for Gun Safety endorsed a rule that would require federally licensed gun dealers that discover firearms they shipped were lost or stolen in transit to report the loss or theft to ATF and local law enforcement. This common-sense proposal would promote public safety and deter illegal gun trafficking by improving record-keeping and reporting of lost and stolen firearms.

Everytown Comments on Multiple Rifle Sales and Gun Trafficking

In this comment to ATF, Everytown for Gun Safety urged the agency to require federally licensed gun dealers in all 50 states to report when any individual buys multiple rifles meeting certain criteria within a period of five business days, because such reporting is critical to investigating drug and gun trafficking and stopping organized crime.
Maps Background Checks March 20, 2013

How Many Gun Dealers are There in Your State?

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

The United States has 58,344 Federally Licensed Gun Dealers. That's nearly twice the number of post offices—and 98.4% of Americans live within 10 miles of a gun dealer. See how many gun dealers are in your state.
Reports Illegal Gun Trafficking September 12, 2010

Trace the Guns

by Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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