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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Williams v. Beemiller

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this brief in the New York Court of Appeals in support of the Brady Center lawsuit against gun dealers who were distributing guns to unlawful purchasers, for the purposes of trafficking. The brief focuses on the dangers of straw purchasers and interstate trafficking from weak gun law states.

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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.

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

Everytown for Gun Safety filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Everytown v. ATF) 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. This type of data – which the ATF has previously released – provides unique insights into how criminals acquire firearms and how traffickers move guns across state-lines and is essential for the study of gun violence.

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Reports Illegal Gun Trafficking April 15, 2008

Inside Straw Purchasing: How Criminals Get Guns Illegally

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

This report presents findings from an investigation into one of the main ways criminals get guns: Straw purchases (when one person poses as the buyer of a gun that is actually for someone else).

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.