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Old 01-14-2004, 03:11 PM   #1
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Indiana leads nation as source of guns used in crime

"Tom Walker/Washington Bureau Chief (WTHR ch13 news Indiana)

Washington D.C., Jan. 13 - For the first time, specific information on guns used in crimes and the specific stores they come from has been released to the public.

It shows that many of those crime guns can be traced to a relatively few stores, and more of them were bought in Indiana than in any other state.

Jim Kessler is with Americans for Gun Safety. "If you're in the business of selling guns illegally you want to go to the places where you can buy them the easiest and the cheapest and sell them in places where it's hard to get that gun."

The survey was released by the Americans for Gun Safety Foundation, a group that supports gun ownership but lobbies for tougher enforcement.

They've compiled a list of stores selling most of the guns used in crimes over four years. Three in Indianapolis are near the top.

Don's Guns and Galleries 2,294
Pop Guns 745
Joseph's Jewelry and Loan 734
Being high on the list doesn't mean a gun store is doing anything illegal. Indeed, federal regulators say the survey shows how well store owners are keeping required records and how well the system set up by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms to trace crime guns is working.

But critics say the feds are far too lax in inspecting gun dealers and looking for possible violations.

"At some of these stores, yeah, they might be totally legit and it's just a matter of bad luck and bad timing and bad location," says Kessler. "But that's not the excuse for all of these stores."

Gun dealers see themselves as being unfairly targeted, that the problem comes after a gun leaves their store. They fill out all the paperwork required, but there's nothing to keep the gun from being resold to a criminal." come and get them people

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I'll bet DC wasn't included in the survey

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