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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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.