Alabama Gun Trafficking

By: Danielle Eldredge Email
By: Danielle Eldredge Email

Alabama is being blamed for gun trafficking activity in other states across the nation.

A recent study finds states with "weak" gun laws are more often the source of recovered guns in out-of-state crimes.

Alabama is labeled as one of those "weak" gun law states.

“These statistics are pretty disturbing we don't like to see guns trafficked anywhere,” said Houston County Sheriff, Andy Hughes.

Sheriff Hughes says these statistics aren't true locally...he can only recall one similar case.

“We have had a couple of burglaries in the past where some gun stores in the Dothan Houston county area has been hit and those guns did wind up in the Atlanta area,” said Hughes.

What's more so seen in Houston County is not gun trafficking, but something called straw purchasing.

“If I'm a felon and I go into a store with another individual into the gun store...I'm the one looking at the gun I'm the one picking out the gun and another individual does the paperwork to buy a gun. That’s a crime and people need to know that. Never buy a gun for another individual-only for yourself,” said Hughes.

Trafficking or not, local law enforcement officials are following the national trend to crack down on gun crimes.

“Now, because in the rise of gun trafficking throughout the United States of America individual states are getting harder on their individual enforcement of these issues in particular our state has begun to federally charge people who are associated with certain gun crimes,” said Corporal Rachel David of the Dothan Police Department.

In the stand against gun crimes, both Hughes and David agree, the second amendment needs to be honored and held in high regard.

“I think we've got plenty of gun laws currently in place and we need to enforce the ones we have to keep the guns out of criminal’s hands. I'm a huge supporter of the second amendment. I believe every individual should be allowed to own a firearm and keep a firearm but we need to keep them out of hands of criminals,” said Hughes.

“The founding fathers knew what they were doing when they wrote our constitution. They believed in the right to bear arms and I believe that those things are what our country was founded on ant those things that help us keep our country safe to this day,” said David.

The states with the highest crime gun export rates in 2009 were primarily southern states, according to the study.

Alabama ranked fifth highest and Georgia ranked tenth.

The study is called "Trace the Guns: The Link between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking".

It was conducted by "Mayors against Illegal Guns."


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