The next tactic in the war against guns

The Center for American Progress has just released a report about gun theft, which is already serving as a tailor-made tool for those who want to extinguish your Second Amendment rights.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Center for American Progress, its first president and CEO was John Podesta, who served at President Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff, and later chaired Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

The group’s report:  Stolen Guns in America: A State-by-State Analysis, describes gun theft in the United States as “staggering,” and it holds gun owners responsible for the thefts, rather than the criminals themselves.

“The number of firearms being stolen in the United States is staggering—and while policymakers must take steps to mitigate this concern, gun dealers and private gun owners have a responsibility to ensure that guns are not vulnerable to theft,” the overview of the report states.

These types of reports are designed for quick plug-and-play by local media. Get ready to see it quoted ad nauseam.

In fact, as I was typing this, two Florida television stations posted stories about how the Gunshine State is #3 nationally for firearms theft, and how we need “commonsense” gun laws to insure that firearms don’t fall into the wrong hands.

Of course, the best way to keep guns from being stolen is by passing more laws, right?


The authors’ recommendations call for beefing up ATF and imposing more laws on gun owners, not criminals.

Here are the recommendations:

  • Enact federal legislation to require licensed gun dealers to implement certain minimum security measures, such as securely storing guns after business hours and installing alarm systems and cameras.
  • Eliminate the rider on ATF’s budget that prevents the agency from requiring licensed gun dealers to conduct an annual inventory reconciliation.
  • Provide ATF with additional resources to conduct more frequent gun dealer compliance inspections.
  • Implement laws or policies that require or incentivize gun owners to store firearms securely.
  • Enact federal and state legislation requiring gun owners to promptly report all stolen or lost guns to law enforcement.

Of course, we already have pretty good laws to deter firearms theft — burglary and felony theft come to mind. However, the bad guys don’t always follow the law. After all, that’s what makes them bad guys. This makes no difference to the report’s authors, because only burglars can be charged with burglary. The anti-gunners want new laws that will target the gun owner — the victim — if their guns are stolen.

“Gun owners and gun dealers therefore have a compelling responsibility to take measures to help ensure that all guns in their possession are not vulnerable to theft. Implementing the policy recommendations in this report would be a smart and commonsense step forward in helping to reduce gun thefts and protect community safety.” the report states.

The report states that gun owners are “at risk,” which makes me chuckle a bit.

If a burglar skulks into our home and attempts to take our guns, I’ll let you know who’s actually at risk.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. people will approve of these “reasonable” gun laws

    the author makes no mention that all gun laws are void

    so the author clear supports “reasonable” gun laws

    this author is part of the illegal gun law problem

    • I just have a few questions. I’m not a gun owner, I’m not anti-gun or anti 2nd Amendment, guns just don’t interest me.
      I totally understand why gun owners may be hesitant about more regulation. Especially since most gun owners are against most any regulations not the least regulations on their guns. But I do not understand why if a gun owner is not responsible for securing their guns they wouldn’t be responsible for what happens after. The gentleman who mentioned cars as a similar situation is making a false equivalency. If you are in the Army and you’re an MP. If you allow a break in and materials are stolen are you not responsible for this? You were in dereliction of your duty. And a responsible gun owner has a duty to secure his weapons. I am also unsure why making Gun Shop owners, responsible for inventory is a bad thing. Maybe that could be explained to me. I am not coming into this conversation wanting to take away guns but I think that sometimes people on both sides get painted as extremists. Like I said before I am not anti gun I am anti gun deaths…

  2. Of course we have a responsibility to secure or firearms, and most of us do just that – which is why so many gun safes and other locking devices are sold. However, not every responsibility needs to be enforced by law…….. especially when the real goal is to harass law abiding gun owners.

  3. The answer, at least for individuals, is easy: don’t restrict where I can carry, so I don’t have to leave it in the car. As to the retail thefts, those seem to be smash and grabs, so shouldn’t they be going after car owners for not securing their vehicles?

  4. “Center for American Progress, its first president and CEO was John Podesta.” Figures a pedophile wouldn’t want guns around.

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