Cars Are the Biggest Source of Stolen Guns, New Research Shows

Cars Are the Biggest Source of Stolen Guns, New Research Shows


Gun violence is on many Americans’ minds. In fact, many stolen guns are linked to cars in a direct way. This is because, while there are many ways for a bad guy to get a gun, one of the main ways they get guns is by breaking into cars. Right now, cars are the biggest source of stolen firearms, and those guns are used to commit some horrible deeds.

These guns have been used in crimes from assaults to murders

Confiscated guns, potentially stolen guns, hanging on a wall.
Confiscated guns | Getty Images

According to NBC, one example of gun violence that occurred with a stolen firearm from a car happened in 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. Caroline Schollaert was a 26-year-old off-duty Coast Guard member who saw a man breaking into her car. She called the police and walked outside to confront the man at gunpoint. The man pulled out of her a gun of his own and killed her.

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