In response to President Barack Obama’s plan to reduce gun violence, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives issued a new report. Findings show that Pennsylvania licensed gun dealers report more stolen or lost weapons than any other state. To combat theft, many gun dealers including, Charlie Miller, have block walls, a variety of locks on inner and outer doors, and pitbulls to help protect their stores. However, this only addresses part of the problem. The report also found that “1,311 of Pennsylvania’s tally of 1,502 guns were reported as lost, rather than stolen.” This is an incredibly serious issue as lost guns are an equal threat to stolen guns and the number of lost weapons is incredibly high.
Joe Keffer, the president of the Pennsylvania’s Association of Firearms Retailers believes that at least some of the lost weapons might actually be a result of paperwork errors. As a result, many retailers are increasing the number of inventory checks.