ATF: Increase in number of lost or stolen firearms in 2016

ATF: Increase in number of lost or stolen firearms in 2016

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reports 18,394 firearms were lost or stolen from Federal Firearm Licensees (FFL).

FFLs are businesses certified by the government to sell, distribute, or build firearms.

There has been a 48 percent increase in reported FFL burglaries between 2012 and 2016. FFL robberies increased 175 percent during that same period.

Tucson News Now spoke to some firearm businesses in Tucson on Thursday, none of them said they have had firearms stolen.

Matthew Janes, vice president of Second Amendment Sports said criminals have attempted to break into their store in the past. Janes said they add more security when this happens.

"Whenever you heighten your security, then the next level of threat just heightens. So we just wait until the next attempt and then the next way that they attempt it and then we try to counteract that measure," Janes said.

Janes said they do routine maintenance on their security system to make sure their security system works. He couldn't share a lot of details about what their system includes, but he said it has many layers to slow down any potential thief.

"You can just only imagine, you know, do you have an active alarm system? Does it have a radio or cell phone backup? Do you have bars or better yet plate over any access or portal? You just keep building out perimeters because it's just more time to stop penetration," James said.

Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) Burglary and Statistics from Calendar years 2012 - 2016

  • FFL burglaries have risen by 48.01 percent since 2012, with there being 377 FFL burglaries in 2012, 338 in 2013, 406 in 2014, 436 in 2015, and 558 in 2016.
  • FFL robberies have risen by 175 percent since 2012, with there being 12 FFL robberies in 2012, 22 in 2013, 22 in 2014, 29 in 2015, and 33 in 2016.
  • The number of firearms stolen during these incidents have also increased.
  • Firearms stolen during FFL burglaries have risen by 72.53 percent since 2012, with there being 4,340 in 2012, 3,355 in 2013, 4,280 in 2014, 4,271 in 2015, and 7,488 in 2016.
  • Firearms stolen during FFL robberies have risen by 213.56 percent since 2012, with there being 118 stolen in 2012, 96 in 2013, 168 in 2014, 322 in 2015, and 370 in 2016.

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