Where guns used in crimes come from

(DNAINFO)  December 29, 2015 — Guns purchased in one state often end up used to commit crime in another.

At the state level, more guns typically means more crime and more death, researchers have consistently found. So some states have enacted stricter lawsto limit gun purchases and to keep firearms from falling into the wrong hands. But these efforts can be undermined by the free flow of guns across state borders, some of it legal, some of it not.

Data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms underscores this point: In 2014, ATF traced the source of over 170,000 guns used in crimes in the U.S. And well over a quarter of them — 28 percent — were used to commit crimes in a state other than the one they were purchased in. The map below shows which states these border-crossing crime guns came from.

Source: Where guns used in crimes come from – The Washington Post