Oops? Report Finds 16,000 Guns "Lost" From Manufacturing Plants Since 2009

How do you "lose" 16,000 guns? That's what I'm wondering after reading this Raw Storyarticle:

A report released Thursday highlighted that more than 16,000 firearms have been reported "lost" from licensed gun manufacturing plants before sale since 2009, an average of 18 guns lost per day. Many of these guns don't have serial numbers affixed yet, making them nearly impossible to trace and thus desirable for criminals.

Released by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the report "makes an argument for amendments to federal laws governing gun manufacturers"

Daniel Vice, the center's senior attorney and the author of the report, told Raw Story that the lack of security and hiring standards at the plants contributes to the gun losses.

"Federal law is so weak that there's no law that says they have to do anything to secure their plants," Vice said. "They can write off 'lost' guns as a business expense. They can leave their doors wide open at night if they want to."

I think I speak for all of us when I say that that is terrifying. Nearly 100,000 Americans are wounded or killed by guns each year, and these weak regulations are partially to blame. And yet, what are we going to do about it? So many of our lawmakers are in the pocket of the gun lobby, and some of them even point their guns at reporters and call it "cute." Yikes yikes yikes.

Read the entire article at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at September 2, 2011, 4:59am

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