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Which states require reporting of lost and stolen guns?

15 states have adopted this policy

AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY

Lost and Stolen Reporting

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 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 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 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 not adopted this policy

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North Dakota has not adopted this policy

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Ohio has 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 not adopted this policy

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Rhode Island has 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

Gun thefts occur at staggering rates. These stolen guns are often diverted to people prohibited from having guns and end up being used in crimes. Several states require that lost or stolen guns be promptly reported to law enforcement, enabling them to investigate and to identify gun trafficking rings.

The Impact

One study found that lost and stolen reporting laws reduced illegal gun movement by 46%.

Show Citations and Footnotes
Source: Cal. Penal Code §§ 25250, 25255, 25260, 25270; Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-12-113; Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53-202g; Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, § 1461; Haw. Rev. Stat. § 134-29; 720 Ill. Comp. Stat. § 5/24-4.1; Md. Code Ann., Pub. Safety § 5-146; Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 140, § 129C; Mich. Comp. Laws § 28.430; N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:58-19; N.Y. Penal Law § 400.10(1); Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2923.20(A)(5); Or. Rev. Stat. § __.___ [Added by 2021 ORS S 554]; 11 R.I. Gen Laws § 11-47-48.1; Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-287.5.

46: Kahane LH. (2012, May 24). Understanding the interstate export of crime guns: A gravity model approach. Contemporary Economic Policy, 31(3): 618–34. Retrieved January 19, 2022 from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2012.00324.x.

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