A report spearheaded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg claims that states that have more lenient gun laws are the largest contributors to illegal firearms throughout the nation.
Bloomberg, in a commentary he wrote for CNN.com, indicated that 10 states with lax gun control laws supplied a high number of weapons that were used in crimes — more than twice the national average. This information was included in Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking, a report issued by a coalition of more than 500 mayors in the United States.
"The stakes are high: 12,000 people a year are murdered with guns in the U.S. If one state ignores a gap in its laws, other states have to deal with the deadly consequences," Bloomberg wrote.
The mayor believes that more work should be done by policymakers to tighten gun control laws, including the gun show loophole that allows individuals with a criminal record to avoid background checks when purchasing firearms from a private seller.
According to PennLive.com, Kim Stolfer, chairman of the gun-rights organization Firearm Owners Against Crime, believes that gun laws do not need to be more strict, but rather enforced and prosecuted better.
"It's simple: Prosecute the criminals for violating the firearms laws we have now," Stolfer said, according to the news provider. "If you don't do it, you're part of the problem and not the solution."