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Which states require crime guns to be traced?

12 states have adopted this policy

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Alabama has not adopted this policy

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Alaska has not adopted this policy

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Arizona has not adopted this policy

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Arkansas has not adopted this policy

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California has adopted this policy

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Colorado has not adopted this policy

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Connecticut has adopted this policy

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Delaware has adopted this policy

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Florida has not adopted this policy

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Georgia has not adopted this policy

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Hawaii has not adopted this policy

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Idaho has not adopted this policy

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Illinois has adopted this policy

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Indiana has not adopted this policy

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Iowa has not adopted this policy

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Kansas has not adopted this policy

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Kentucky has not adopted this policy

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Louisiana has not adopted this policy

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Maine has not adopted this policy

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Maryland has adopted this policy

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Massachusetts has adopted this policy

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Michigan has not adopted this policy

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Minnesota has not adopted this policy

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Mississippi has not adopted this policy

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Missouri has not adopted this policy

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Montana has not adopted this policy

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Nebraska has not adopted this policy

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Nevada has not adopted this policy

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New Hampshire has not adopted this policy

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New Jersey has adopted this policy

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New Mexico has not adopted this policy

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New York has adopted this policy

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North Carolina has adopted this policy

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North Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has not adopted this policy

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Oklahoma has not adopted this policy

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Oregon has adopted this policy

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Pennsylvania has adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has not adopted this policy

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South Carolina has not adopted this policy

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South Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Tennessee has not adopted this policy

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Texas has not adopted this policy

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Utah has not adopted this policy

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Vermont has not adopted this policy

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Virginia has adopted this policy

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Washington has not adopted this policy

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West Virginia has not adopted this policy

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Wisconsin has not adopted this policy

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Wyoming has not adopted this policy

What It Does

When guns are recovered at crime scenes, officials can trace them back through the chain of custody using the federal system. But a lack of consistent requirements across the country undermines this critical tool to help stop gun trafficking. These 12 states require law enforcement to trace every crime gun they recover; Delaware, Illinois, and New Jersey also require that ballistics evidence be entered into a separate federal database. A full discussion on Crime Gun Tracing and Gun Trafficking is here

The Impact

Between 2015 and 2019, the United States recovered over 1 million crime guns—with over 300,000 of those guns having crossed state lines after they were purchased.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code §§ 11108.3, 11108.10; Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-36n; 2015 DE HB 217; 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/24-8; Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-146(c); Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 131Q; N.J. Stat. Ann. §§ 52:17B-9.18, 52:17B-5.3(c); N.Y. Exec. Law § 230; N.C. Gen. Stat. § 143B-902; Or. Executive Order No 16-12, signed July 15, 2016; 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6127; Va. Code Ann. § 52-25.1.

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. (2021, May 24). The crime gun dashboard. Everytown Research & Policy. Retrieved January 19, 2022, from https://everytownresearch.org/report/gun-trafficking-in-america/. 

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