The Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, tracks stolen guns used in crimes. However, the ATF is not very forthcoming in their data.
An independent study done, however, has shown between 2010 and 2016 more than 23,000 firearms were stolen and subsequently a large majority were connected to a crime. (1) The crimes range in violent acts from robberies, sexual assault, kidnapping, carjacking, and other violent acts.
The impact is devastating. Even though a new Bill was introduced after The Vegas and Texas mass shooting to amp up the background checks, criminals armed with stolen weapons are immune to background checks. In the case of the Texas shooter he was not even supposed to have the weapon due to his felony.
According to the National Crime Information Center, in 2016 more than 237,000 guns were reported stolen. That is a 68-percent increase from 2005. Law enforcement reports over the last decade over two-million weapons have been stolen.
Do you know where your gun is tonight?