My heart goes out to the ATFE agents and analysts who got stuck with trying to gin up a national report on lost and stolen weapons in the US (link below). Nuts in Congress have so stripped that agency of authority that their report reads like a term paper an eighth grade boy scraped up from the internet two hours before class.
We don’t know how many guns are stolen and what happens to them. We don’t know how many guns are passed around unlawfully and what they are used for. The poor folks at ATFE probably would have preferred being able to be more honest.
“We think the President is on the right track and if we had any data we would do an in-depth report on how guns move around black markets in the US. But we don’t have the authority to do so. So here’s this stinker.”
And even with the data ATFE has, they report that federally licensed forearms dealers “lost” over 10,000 firearms. You have to wonder. Many states don’t require victims of firearms thefts to report the thefts to the police. So you have to wonder again. Even of the guns we know about, how many are simply being peddled for cash in the black market versus actually being “lost” or “stolen?”
Here’s the “study.”