ATF: Total Number of Lost or Stolen Firearms Increases

The burglary of firearms in America has skyrocketed over the last five years according to a new report issued by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on April 11, 2017. The ATF stated that 18,394 firearms were reported lost or stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees, an increase of 3,594 firearms from 2015. Of those 18,394 firearms, 50% are labeled as lost, and most of those go missing in transit from factory to store. FFL burglaries have risen by 48.01% since 2012, with there being 377 FFL burglaries in 2012, 338 in 2013, 406 in 2014, 436 in 2015, and 558 in 2016. FFL robberies have risen by 175% since 2012, with there being 12 FFL robberies in 2012, 22 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 29 in 2015, and 33 in 2016. The number of firearms stolen during these incidents have also increased. Firearms stolen during FFL burglaries have risen by 72.53% since 2012, with there being 4,340 in 2012, 3,355 in 2013, 4,280 in 2014, 4,271 in 2015, and 7,488 in 2016. Firearms stolen during FFL robberies have risen by 213.56% since 2012, with there being 118 stolen in 2012, 96 in 2013, 168 in 2014, 322 in 2015, and 370 in 2016. Kevin O’Keefe, Chief of the Operational Intelligence Division at the ATF said only a small amount of the total firearm businesses in the U.S. are measured in the report, and therefore the report’s data is “fluid.” The ATF had implemented a new initiative that would alert businesses when a gun goes missing, so that business inventory could be further secured. The Bureau also has an...