Friday, December 05, 2008

New report shows states with lax weapons laws tend to "export" crime; a counter view of the 2nd Amendment?

A political pressure group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” has culled data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and come up with a report that identifies ten states “of origin” as responsible for a disproportionate number of offenses against police officers, and exporting weapons related crimes out of state. The PDF document, based on data from 2006 and 2007, is here.

The states leading, in 2007, as the source of crime weapons recovered out-of-state are Georgia, Florida, Texas, Virginia, California, Ohio, North Carolina, Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Alabama.

The Washington Post has a story by Cheryl W. Thompson on p A10 on Friday, December 5, 2008, and presents a slightly different list. The states are West Virginia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, Virginia, Gerogia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina. The link is here.

Maryland is way down the list, as is the District of Columbia, because of stricter laws.

The data at first glance might seem to run counter to political support for Second Amendment rights. But one major factor is whether the state requires background checks, for purchase either at conventional gun shops or at shows.

As covered here before, the District of Columbia has been forced by the Supreme Court to allow residents to have defensive weapons at home with some regulation, as a result of an “individualistic” interpretation of the Second Amendment.

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