ATF recently released a sweeping federal gun crime report, and Washington lawmakers are working to tackle many of the issues in the current legislative session.
PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its first sweeping federal gun crime report in 20 years and Washington lawmakers are working to tackle many of the issues in the current legislative session.
Much of the information in the report hasn’t been widely available before. The report looks at firearms recovered in crimes from 2017 to 2021.
The goal of its release is to help police and lawmakers reduce gun violence.
One of the big problems highlighted is what Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco described as the “epidemic of stolen guns.”
The report shows that from 2017 to 2021, there were more than a million guns reported stolen, with nearly all, 96% stolen from private citizens.
That’s an issue Tacoma police warned about earlier this week. It said a gun is stolen out of a vehicle every 48 hours.
In 2022, 202 guns were stolen out of vehicles in Tacoma, according to the police department.
This month, a 17-year-old was arrested in Tacoma after police said he shot and killed a 14-year-old with a stolen gun, though it was from a house, not a car.
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