2013 International Firearms Trace Data Released by BATFE

BATFE LogoThe Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) released last week several international firearms trace data reports for the 2013 year.  The reports include data for five Caribbean nations, Canada, Mexico and several Central American countries.  Trace data in the reports is gathered from ATF’s National Tracing Center (NTC) and relates only to ATF-traced firearms recovered in these countries.

According to the release, firearms trace data provides information on the movement of a firearm from its first sale by a manufacturer or importer through the distribution chain in an attempt to identify the first retail purchaser.  This information can tie a firearm in a criminal investigation to a suspect and identify potential traffickers (ironic, no?).

In 2013, ATF’s NTC traced over 4,500 firearms recovered in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Belize and Costa Rica – the majority of which were handguns.  Also in 2013, the NTC traced over 15,000 firearms recovered in Mexico, over 1,400 firearms recovered in Canada and over 1,000 in the Caribbean.

To view the 2013 international firearms trace data, as well as US trace statistics from 2006-2012, visit the ATF statistics page.


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