When is a gun a “crime gun”? | Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

When is a gun a “crime gun”?

Every day, 1,300 Americans are victims of gun crimes, including 32 murders.

The guns used in these crimes don’t just “grow on trees” and criminals aren’t manufacturing them in their basements. In reality, nearly all crime guns are purchased initially at a licensed dealer, and later diverted to the underground, illegal market.

Any firearm used—or suspected to have been used—in a crime is immediately labeled by law enforcement as a ”crime gun”.

When police recover a crime gun, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “trace” every identifiable seller and buyer of the gun, often including straw purchasers and gun traffickers—common ways legal guns end up in criminal hands and wind up as crime guns.

Most gun dealers help keep guns out of dangerous hands. More than 80% can proudly report not a single crime gun traced to their shops.

But a small number of “bad apple” gun dealers disregard public safety to supply the criminal market. In fact, just 5% of all gun dealers are responsible for 90% of crime guns on our streets.

That’s why the Brady Campaign is launching a national Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers campaign that includes filing new lawsuits to hold irresponsible gun dealers accountable, organizing public protests at “bad apple” gun dealers across the country and demanding that all gun dealers agree to follow to a Code of Conduct. Join Brady by signing the petition to Stop Bad Apple Gun Dealers and stop the flow of crime guns to our streets.

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