A new reoport by a group called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” has tagged Mississippi as the top exporter of guns used in crimes in other states.

That makes it sounds as if Mississippi is a gun trafficker, but it is more complicated than that.

Using Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) data, the report shows that Mississippi and nine other states deemed to have “weak” firearm laws account for 49 percent of the guns that crossed state lines and were involved in crimes.

Mississippi was No. 1 with 1,485 guns recovered used in crimes. The report factored population determining that Mississippi accounted for 50.3 guns per 100,000 population.

Mayors, probably most mayors, are understandably concerned about illegal guns and crime. However, singling out states where guns are purchased and calling for stricter laws are not the answers.

Mississippi is definitely a “pro-gun,” state that believes in the 2nd Amendment. The same federal laws of background checks apply here. Mississippi has adequate laws. If anything, the laws we have – state and federal – should be more strictly enforced. Individual gun owners always should take personal responsibility on private sales, which most do. Punishment for crimes involving guns should be strict in all states.

Source: Hattiesburg American.

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