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May 24, 2010

FBI Stats for 2009 Released: As Firearm Purchases Soar, Crime Goes Down


Since the surge in firearms purchases began in October 2008, if one believes the oft-repeated mantra that 'Most crime guns are rapidly diverted from retailers to the street via straw purchasers,' then we should have also seen a surge in homicides and other violent crime. We have not. In fact, statistics from the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report show that all forms of violent crime were down in 2009 from 2008, with homicides showing the greatest percentage decline (7.2 percent).