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    and many private owners, in some states more than others depending upon differing reporting requirements and compromised enforcement efforts:

    Lost and Stolen Guns from Gun Dealers

    Every year tens of thousands of guns are discovered to be missing from the inventories of federally licensed gun dealers. Guns that go missing from dealer inventories, whether they are stolen, illegally sold without proper documentation, or misplaced due to negligent recordkeeping, pose two main risks to public safety:

    1. Guns stolen from dealers often end up in criminal hands. Following a two-year study of gun-trafficking investigations, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, reported that 14 percent of gun-trafficking investigations involved guns stolen from gun dealers.

    2. Guns lost or stolen from dealers are more difficult to trace because there is no record of who initially purchased the gun from the dealer. When these guns are used in crimes, any investigative lead offered by finding the gun at the crime scene goes cold when it is discovered that the gun dealer has no record of who purchased it...

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    Further details including state-by-state data at Governing:

    Report is 1st to Detail Lost, Stolen Guns by State

    Direct download (PDF) of BATF Audit Report:

    "2012 Summary: Firearms Reported Lost and Stolen"

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