ATF have released a report on tracing of recovered firearms
encompassing “all individual states and territories for calendar year
2011.” Lots of caveats, but the data strongly suggest that
like New York, where Mayor Bloomberg use the "iron pipeline' argument
(guns from other states circumvent New York's draconian gun laws) are
|| .The 2011 state and territory
reports are posted
on the ATF website, and contain representative data from which some
general conclusions can nonetheless be derived. A case in point is
illustrated in the report for New York, a state with strict gun laws ranked #4 in the nation by the Brady campaign.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is constantly decrying gun laws in other states
in an attempt to bring all in line with New York City’s restrictive
edicts, and using “flow of guns/iron pipeline” rhetoric to do it. Yet
the “time-to-crime” documented in the ATF report shows a New York
average of 13.70 years, as opposed to a national average of 11.20
years, suggesting “iron trickle” would be a more appropriate.
The Brady’s #1-rated California, #2-ranked New Jersey, #3
Massachusetts, and #5 Hawaii had similar stats (albeit ironically, Hawaii's
major supplier of out-of-state traced crime scene guns is none
other than top-ranked California!). Oh- one more thing
about the ATF
report. Information about the Mexico trace report, important,
particularly in determining if Fast and Furious “gunwalking” operations
resulted in an artificially accelerated rate, was missing!