Out Of State Guns

I've said this before and I say it again, sometimes the story isn't what's in a news article but instead what not in it.

On MikeBloomberg.com there is a story that went up this week pushing for federal level gun control and points to guns coming from out of state used in NY city crimes as justification.  Here are a couple excerpts from the article which you can read in full HERE:

Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Criminal Justice Coordinator and Mayor’s Chief Policy Advisor John Feinblatt today released the most recent available crime gun trace data, which shows the percentage of out-of-state guns used in crimes in New York City has increased from 85 percent in 2009 to 90 percent in 2011. Moreover, the data – from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives – reveals that the increase in proportion of out-state guns used to commit crimes occurs even as the total number of guns recovered in the city has decreased by more than 44 percent.


The 2011 crime gun trace data for New York City shows that 2,186 – or 90 percent – of 2,433 traceable guns used in crimes in the five boroughs were from out-of-state. In 2010, 86 percent of the 2,319 traceable crime guns were from outside New York State. In 2009, there were 2,290 out-of-state crime guns from the 2,685 traceable guns recovered (85 percent).

Do you notice anything about that data?

NH with gun laws as light as they are, and given the close proximity to NY city we are, one would think we would show up on the list of states who's guns are used in crimes.  We aren't even in the top ten with the bottom state having just 39 guns used out of 2,290 out of state guns.

What I noticed is that all the states in the top 10 show a direct northward pattern from Florida up to NY city.  What else would travel from the southern boarder north into NY city?  Drugs maybe?

The article fails to mention whether or not these gun arrests were in any way linked to drugs.  My guess is if you looked closer at the details you would find a direct connection.

That being the case, pushing other states to outlaw guns isn't the answer because NH is proving that just because guns are easy to come by they aren't being purchased for the sake of random crimes from close bordering states.

Drug laws have created the flow of crime from the South up into the North.

Making drugs illegal creates a market for criminals to thrive.

Something to think about!