Tracking Idaho Firearms to National Crime Scenes


The pathwork of different gun laws from state to state has led many criminals to purchase firearms in states with less restrictions to be used elsewhere. A new widget from New York public radio station WNYC uses data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to track origins of recovered firearms that were used in crimes.

Idaho leads the pack internally with 299 recovered guns that were initially sold in the Gem State. Next in line is Washington, which sold 48 guns that were later recovered by law enforcement in Idaho. Though there were many states with no sales of guns recovered in Idaho, the low score was Virginia, which sold four guns that were later recovered in Idaho.

Leading the pack in the other direction was California, which recovered 125 guns that were sold in Idaho.