Bad apple gun dealers have an outsized impact on the safety of communities nationwide. In most cities, there are just a small number of gun dealers that supply most of the guns used in crime. Statistics from local authorities and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reveal the extent of the problem and show that if we focus on identifying and reforming these bad apples, our cities will be made dramatically safer. For example:
- Just three gun dealers supplied nearly half of the crime guns in Buffalo, NY.
- Just four dealers supplied over half of the crime guns in Milwaukee.
- Just one dealer supplied half of the crime guns used in Oakland.