Pennsylvania tops nation in firearms lost or stolen from licensees

| Monday, June 17, 2013, 6:09 p.m.

Pennsylvania led the nation in the number of firearms reported lost or stolen from federal firearms licensees last year, according to statistics released Monday by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

ATF statistics, compiled for the first time as part of President Obama's plan to reduce gun violence, shows that 1,502 firearms were reported lost or stolen from those with a license to deal, manufacture or import firearms or ammunition.

Law enforcement is not required to report thefts or loss of firearms from private citizens and many states do not require residents to report these thefts or losses.

Texas was second in the nation with 1,263 firearms reported lost or stolen from federal firearms licensees.

However, Texas led the nation in all reports of lost or stolen firearms with 18,874. Pennsylvania was eighth among all states with 6,566.

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