WKRN.COM September 19, 2019 – The numbers are staggering.
police saw a 70-percent jump in guns from stolen cars between 2016 and 2018.
Statewide, the TBI saw an 85-percent increase in guns stolen from cars and
trucks between 2016 and 2017. Nationwide, nearly half a million guns are stolen
those stolen guns are the responsibility of one agency, The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the ATF. Whether its criminals breaking into
gun stores or kids breaking into cars stealing guns, the tip of the spear in
the war to stop gun theft is the ATF.
know Bob, I don’t know if it’s a war that you ever win.”
honest answer to a huge problem.
also a huge gun owner responsibility problem. Unsecured weapons left in cars
are being stolen at alarming numbers at alarming numbers.
January to August of this year, Metro police reported 465 guns stolen from
firearms owners cannot leave their firearms in cars,” said Watson.
United States has firearms… I would not say problem, but there is a wealth
of firearms in the United States,” said ATF Special Agent in Charge Marcus
more than twice the number of guns stolen from cars just a year earlier.
are in and out in a short period of time and that gun has gone from legal
ownership now it’s out on the street and it’s being used to harm law
enforcement or a law-abiding citizen,” said Watson.
states like Tennessee, fewer gun laws do not necessarily result in more gun
“Chicago’s got a gun problem but Illinois has very restrictive gun laws Memphis has got a gun problem but the state of Tennessee does not have very strong firearms laws, it’s a pro-second amendment state so there is no one size fits all,” said Watson. [Read More]