• Description

This study is the first to explore the association between gun-related characteristics and gun theft victimization. The study shows that owning many guns, owning guns for protection, carrying guns, and storing guns unsafely are associated with having guns stolen. Storing guns in the car also appears to increase the risk. Owning many guns appears to be a risk factor for gun theft, perhaps because burglars see firearms as loot.

Whose Guns are Stolen? The Epidemiology of Gun Theft Victims