Nine local gun shops supplied 15,000 ‘crime guns’ in Philly, new report shows

Nine local gun shops supplied 15,000 ‘crime guns’ in Philly, new report shows

Ed Ponzio, manager at Philadelphia Training Academy in South Philly, completes paperwork for a gun purchase. The Brady gun-control group traced 2,356 Philadelphia ‘crime guns’ back to the shop. Owner Jimmy Mastroddi said preventing straw purchases is his “top priority.”Read more Nearly 15,000 firearms in Philadelphia recovered in criminal investigations or confiscated from people who possessed them illegally can be traced to nine local firearms dealers, according to an analysis of previously confidential records. The report , by the gun-control group Brady, supports what other studies have shown — that a small number of gun shops in Pennsylvania supply the majority of the state’s crime guns. But by cross-referencing publicly available trace data with gun dealers’ phone numbers, Brady was able to identify those selling the most Philadelphia crime guns. The report provides the most comprehensive look in two decades at the origins of thousands of guns used, or suspected of being used, in a crime, or obtained by a person who was prohibited from having a gun. It also recommends more restrictions and transparency around firearms sales. Statewide, the report found that while many Pennsylvania dealers were linked to few or no crime guns, a small number of dealers sold the guns originally: Just 1% of the in-state dealers were responsible for half of the recovered crime guns, and 20% of the dealers accounted for 90% of the guns. “What we need as a society is when a shooting happens, we’re not only asking who pulled the trigger, […]

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