To identify the states where the most guns are stolen, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. States are ranked by the number of firearms stolen or lost in 2021 for every 100,000 people.
Only firearms stolen or lost by certain Federal Firearms Licensees – such as gun stores, gun manufacturers, and gun importers – were considered. Firearms stolen from private citizens and not connected to a commercial operation were not considered.
Population figures used to calculate the gun theft rate and concentration of commercial firearm operations are five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey.
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