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Theft of Firearms in the United States

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Theft of Firearms in the United States

In any given year, the percentage of firearms reported stolen is fairly small. 191 thousand firearms were reported stolen to the NCIC in 2013. That is about .06 percent of the total firearms in private hands. Not six percent, but six hundredths of one percent.
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The United States has one of the highest per capita numbers of firearms in the world.

It is estimated that there is about one gun for each man, woman and child in the United States, about 310 million firearms. Every year, some of those firearms are stolen, breaking any official chain of ownership.

In any given year, the percentage of firearms reported stolen is fairly small. 191 thousand firearms were reported stolen to the NCIC in 2013. That is about .06 percent of the total firearms in private hands. Not six percent, but six hundredths of one percent.

The FBI started the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) in 1967. The NCIC maintains a list of stolen firearms that are reported to it from a variety of sources, primarily from other criminal justice agencies. From fas.org:

SOURCES OF DATA: Data contained in NCIC is provided by the FBI, federal, state, local and foreign criminal justice agencies, and authorized courts.

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