Georgia is one of the top states for guns thefts, with more than 16,000 guns stolen in the state every year, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
While guns everywhere activists tout the alleged benefits that comes from lax gun safety laws, this report raises new concerns that gun owners and gun dealers could do more to secure their firearms, preventing them from getting stolen and ultimately used in the commission of violent crimes. The Center for American Progress is working closely with one congressman to change the status quo, pressing for federal legislation to ensure that the rifles, pistols and shotguns sold by gun dealers are kept out of reach of criminals.
Stolen guns pose a significant danger. They are sold in illegal, underground markets and lead to a far too common story of stolen firearms being used to commit violent crimes.
In Georgia, a gun is stolen from a private owner every 32 minutes. That’s over 16,000 guns that go missing every year, making Georgia one of the top five states for stolen guns. And it’s not just private owners, gun dealers also are subject to robberies, with the CAP report noting an alarming increase in thefts at gun stores.
Annually, $7.3 million worth of guns are stolen in the state of Georgia. There are currently no state or federal laws requiring gun dealers to secure the firearms they sell while their shops are closed.
Stolen guns pose a significant safety problem in Georgia. The question is, are policymakers willing to do something about it?
Check out and share the full report, Stolen Guns in America by the Center for American Progress.