The ATF released trace data for the guns recovered during 2008 in New York, providing several interesting points.
On page 9 of the pdf report, there's a map showing the state of origin of the traced guns. Virginia heads up the list with 372 followed by New York itself with 345. The other big sources of weapons confiscated in New York were Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina and Georgia.
In page 11 of the report there's a very interesting statistic. By a vast majority, the guns traced in New York had three years or more from their original sale. The standard cut off for considering a gun trafficked, is either one year or two years, depending on who's defining it.
What do you think about the gun flow that takes place between states with easy gun laws and New York? By far, most of the guns examined came from outside.
What about that three-year-or-more idea? What do you make of that? Do you think it means that most crime guns are not the result of intentional trafficking but rather the slower moving but inexorable gun flow? How do you think those guns got into criminal hands? I can think of only two ways. They were either stolen or their owners turned criminal during that three year period. Can you think of any other way?
How is it possible for the ATF to release this data? Doesn't it violate the Tiahrt Amendments?
What's your opinion? Please leave a comment.