News item from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: For the second year in a row, guns sold in Georgia were recovered at more crime scenes outside its borders than any other state. A report, issued by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (an anti-gun group), said if a gun is found at a crime scene, the odds are it comes from Georgia.
More crime guns are traced back to Georgia than any other state,” Daniel Vice, senior attorney at the Brady Center, told WSB radio. “Georgia’s weak gun laws are a gun trafficker’s best friend.”
State gun rights advocates argue that the stats are misleading and used only to support criticism of Georgia’s relatively liberal gun laws.
Georgia has a long reputation as being a “source state” for guns because of relatively weak laws. The Georgia guns then make their way to other criminals in other states. According to the Brady Center study, the Peach State provided more guns found at crimes scenes than any other state. Florida, Virginia and Texas were second, third and fourth.
You’ve got to hand it to plucky little Georgia, blowing past much larger states to defend its No. 1 status for a second year. But it works hard at it. Every week there’s a new circular in my mailbox touting which guns are on sale. If you want a gun, and you’re out of state, let me know. Maybe we can work something out.
The Brady Center also analyzed state guns laws overall, and Georgia ranked among the bottom when scored on a 100-point scale; the higher the total, the better.
According to the AJC, the study examined criteria such as child protection laws, background checks and restrictions on dealers and the number of guns that can be bought at one time. California had the highest score with 79 points out of 100. Georgia earned eight points.