Federal data released this week show that 1,601 guns legally bought in Ohio last year were linked to crimes such as robbery and murder in 36 other states.
Another 5,375 guns stayed in Ohio and were linked to crimes in 2012, based on the data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The stats show Ohio also was a top contributor to gun-related crime in other states in 2011, with about 1,700 guns showing up in crimes in 38 other states.
Law enforcement and gun-control advocates say it's no surprise.
"People know they can come to Ohio, get a gun and take it someplace where there are tougher restrictions," Columbus Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said. "It happens at gun shows in the sticks and through underground schemes on city streets."
The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence says the state has too many loopholes for gun ownership that serve as a "beacon" for a gun-trafficking market. The law doesn't require background checks for all gun sales, and the state doesn't keep track of who buys them. Violent misdemeanors, such as domestic violence, don't disqualify someone from making a firearm purchase.
Now that last bit is interesting. Domestic violence misdemeanors don't disqualify Ohio wife beaters from buying guns legally. I could swear our pro-gun commenters had claimed otherwise.
I guess I'll have to adjust my stereotyping of the southern states to include Ohio.
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