Ohio a Top Ten State for Selling Guns to Criminals

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She bought that in Ohio.
  • She bought that in Ohio.

Ohio — the birthplace of aviation and Presidents; the land of buckeyes, football, Lake Erie, John Boehner's tan; and apparently, the place to go if you're a criminal in search of a gun.

That according to a new study released by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that has considerably more members than its counterpart: Mayors For Illegal Guns.

As it turns out, over half the guns involved in crimes during 2009 were bought in just ten states, and one of those states was Ohio.

NewsNet5 has the details:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced more than 145,000 guns used in crimes in 2009 and found that more than 43,000 of those weapons were sold in other states.

Forty-nine percent of those guns were sold in Georgia, Florida, Virginia, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California or Arizona.

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Those states, the report said, have more relaxed gun laws, suggesting that "criminals and gun traffickers may favor certain states as the sources of guns."

For example, in states that do not require background checks for handgun sales at gun shows, the crime-gun export rate was two-and-a-half times as much as the rate in states that do require such checks.


So put that one up on the scoreboard, Ohioans. Ya know, that scoreboard you mark tallies on by shooting at it.

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