Guns stolen from homes: Almost 600,000 guns are stolen each year from private homes, according to poll data on gun-owning households.
Johns Hopkins University puts the number at 500,000
“I think [the report] needs to be put in context,” said Lawrence Keane, assistant secretary and general counsel at the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the gun industry. The number of guns that are stolen each year is likely to be much higher, Keane said, referring to a widely cited survey by the U.S. Department of Justice that suggests it’s closer to 500,000. However, even half a million stolen guns represents a small fraction of how many guns are sold, manufactured and imported in the United States every year, he said. (The ATF estimates that about 6.5 million firearms were manufactured and another 3.2 million were imported in 2011.)
US Bureau of Statistics gives the number of REPORTED guns stolen.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics released a report last November with lower -- but still alarming -- numbers. According to the report, 1.4 million firearms were stolen during burglaries and other property crimes between 2005 and 2010. That's an average of 232,400 annually.
The ATF gives us the number REPORTED, even though it's not required. One can only guess at the multiplication factor required to reach the actual number of guns stolen.
In 2012, NCIC received reports reflecting 190,342 lost and stolen firearms nationwide. Of those
190,342 lost and stolen firearms reported, 16,667 (9% of the total reported) were the result of
thefts/losses from FFLs. Of the 16,667 firearms reported as lost or stolen from a FFL, a total of
10,915 firearms were reported as lost. The remaining 5,762 were reported as stolen.