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Why After-Hours Security Measures At Gun Stores Matter

Government data shows there was an increase in break-ins from 2012 to 2016.
Posted at 4:38 PM, Mar 06, 2017

In most states, gun stores don't have to beef up security — like locking up guns — after hours. 

But since the government started keeping track in 2012, gun store break-ins have been increasing. In 2016, break-ins were at an all time high. 

In 2012 there were 4,340 guns stolen during burglaries. In 2016, there were 7,488 — up 30 percent from 2015. 

That's a big deal because the stolen guns are likely getting into the wrong hands — either the hands of the person breaking in, or to a buyer who legally shouldn't be able to get a gun. 

Several of the states that require gun stores to take extra security measures had far fewer burglaries in 2015. 

Despite some cities experiencing increased crime rates, there's not really a rush to do anything about this issue at the federal level. 

And there's not really a push by gun store advocates, either. 

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