Awash in Guns: Leaders react to series on the flood of guns in Louisville and Kentucky

Awash in Guns: Leaders react to series on the flood of guns in Louisville and Kentucky

Some lawmakers, Louisville city officials and community leaders said this week they were troubled by the proliferation of guns in Kentucky, with several directing harsh criticism at the city and state for failing to do more to stop the flood of firearms and the damage they inflict. They were responding to the Courier Journal’s three-part series “Awash in Guns,” which was published last week and examined how an arsenal of deadly weapons flows incessantly through Louisville and Kentucky, often fueling violence. Some key findings of the three-part series include: Thousands of guns were reported stolen in neighborhoods across Louisville over the years, swiped from unlocked cars, homes, gun shops and police officers. Thousands more were likely stolen but never reported to police. At least 1,000 stolen guns were later carried by children, clutched by suicidal men or tied to crimes such as robberies, drug deals and murders. Kentucky’s federally licensed gun dealers are a constant target of gun thefts and straw purchases. And only a fraction of these dealers is inspected each year by a federal agency that perennially struggles with stagnant budgets and staffing. Unregulated gun deals flourish online, where sellers easily sidestep social media bans on private sales of guns and ammo. Police in Kentucky take thousands of guns off the streets every year. A state law puts many of them right back. Kentucky guns are not contained within the state’s borders. In 2019, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tracing center data showed the […]

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