No topic on PITW
attracts as much discussion and vitriol as the topic of gun control. So, without further ado, I give to you the findings of a study commissioned by this group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Now I will preface this by saying that the study finds a majority of this type of crime is committed by a minority of gun owners.
Mandatory background checks go a long way to keeping guns out of the hands of unsavory characters with checkered pasts, but that doesn't stop the interstate trafficking of guns from states with weak gun laws to states with strong gun laws--the primary focus of the report. Those states that supply the most guns used in crime across state lines are, predictably, mostly southern: Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Georgia, Indiana and Nevada. The rankings are calculated by number of guns exported per 100,000 people. Tennessee ranked 15th in the nation--more than Florida, Texas and California.
The long and short of it is that these states, which literally export crime guns at more than twice the national average, are all missing certain gun control laws. Not only are these states supplying the armament for violent crime elsewhere, their rates of gun-related crime are higher than those states who have fewer weapons illegally exported. Now when the study deems a state weak in that respect, it means there's no requirement for background checks at gun shows and no law that requires lost or stolen guns to be reported to police.
Interpret these results as you will, PITW readers, but this study says tighter gun control is good for public safety, not just here but across state lines.