......DC, for example, more guns were traced back to Maryland than Virginia.
The trace data doesn't differentiate between guns purchased illegally in VA and stolen guns that were originally purchased legally in VA. Trace data also includes information on guns that were simply checked for stolen that weren't stolen nor used in a crime.
Looking at New York: 1,784 guns traced came from New York. 530 were traced to Virginia, but 461 to Pennsylvania, 443 to Georgia, 410 to South Carolina. Heck even 107 were traced to California!
Picking another east coast state at random - Massachusetts: 334 guns from Massachusetts, 99 guns from New Hampshire, 65 from Maine, 57 from Florida, 55 from Georgia, 43 from Virginia.
In Connecticut, more guns came from New York than any other state
except Connecticut! Explain that Mr. Bloomberg. The breakdown: 794 from Connecticut, 34 from New York, 29 from Georgia, 28 each from Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.
In Rhode Island, 102 guns came from Rhode Island, 18 from Massachusetts, 8 from New Hampshire, 7 from Georgia, 6 from Virginia. They even had 3 from Alaska ;-)
In North Carolina, 5,511 guns came from North Carolina, 327 from South Carolina, 301 from Virginia. 45 came from New York, Mr. Bloomberg.
Compared to the number of guns sold in Virginia, the number showing up in other states is minuscule.
Also, when looking at the time from initial purchase to gun trace, the vast majority of the traces are on guns over 3 years old. That sounds like a good number of the traced guns were stolen.
In the end, looking at this data just confirms that Virginia needs to get rid of its One-Gun-A-Month law, as it isn't doing anything useful. VCDL knew that, the data just proves us right.
Poking around with the data, I'm just not seeing Virginia standing out that much. What I am seeing is that criminals in New York have a
network setup in quite a few states. Perhaps Bloomberg should take care of his New York criminals and shut down the pipeline from his end? That would do a lot to lower the amount of illegal drugs coming
into Virginia from New York, too.