North Carolina is one of 10 states for guns used in crimes here and elsewhere, according to a report of a national group of mayors. The State was ranked number 8 of the weapons originally sold here, but used in a crime and recovered elsewhere, according to a study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
The study, based on 2009 statistics provided by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearm and Explosives, showed that 10 states representing nearly 21000 guns or nearly 49 percent of guns linked to crimes in other states.
The study found that statements of the first level for exports of weapons were found that the more lenient gun laws to control, suggesting “criminals and guns traffickers may favor certain states as sources of guns.”
Illegal guns sold in states
The office of more than 145,000 traces guns used in crimes in 2009. Of these, over 43,000 of the weapons were originally sold in another state. North Carolina accounted for 1.775 of the guns. Georgia was the first in the list with 2,781 exported guns.
States were also classified by the number of weapons exported crime per 100,000 inhabitants. North Carolina crime guns exported 18.9 per 100,000 people, ranking No. 20 overall, slightly above the national average of 14.1 guns per exported 100,000.
The laws are found to be effective elsewhere but not in place in North Carolina are:
* Enabling local prosecution and jail time for those who falsify information on gun background check
* Granting local law enforcement discretion to deny permits to carry weapons, banning the possession of guns for some serious crimes
* Require that lost or stolen weapons that were reported to police
* The local control law of guns.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence released a report earlier this year that North Carolina also analyzed and found that the state has weak laws to stop guns smuggling.
The report gave the brand a low state test score of 2009 on the strength of gun laws.
“Since North Carolina does not require (a federal) criminal background checks for all firearm sales, including gun shows, gun traffickers do not need to leave the state to funnel illegal guns to criminals and gang members “said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, in a February press release on the study of that group.
“North Carolina officials have not done anything in the last year to stop the flow of illegal weapons in the state, including the strengthening of laws that allow dangerous people to get into gun shows and buy weapons, including AK- 47, no background check.”