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Lexington Faces Surge in Stolen Guns – ATF Urges Secure Storage Amid Rising Crime Rates

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In a concerning trend Lexington Police reports a staggering 475 guns stolen in 2023 fueling a surge in firearm-related crimes according to ATF officials. Special Agent Shawn Morrow, in charge of ATF in Kentucky highlights the alarming impact of stolen firearms on violent incidents in Lexington.

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Rise in Crime, Fueled by Vehicle Thefts

ATF investigations and Lexington Police reveal that a significant number of firearms used in violent crimes originate from vehicle thefts. Special Agent Morrow emphasizes that 86 percent of the stolen guns in 2023 were taken from vehicles urging responsible firearm ownership.

Morrow explains that leaving firearms unsecured in vehicles provides criminals easy access, escalating the risk of burglaries leading to violent crimes. While there’s no state law prohibiting keeping guns in vehicles promoting public safety through responsible storage is crucial.

Morrow encourages gun owners to carry firearms or secure them properly. If storing in a vehicle is unavoidable he suggests using trigger mechanisms or lockboxes emphasizing trunk storage to deter theft. The most secure option he notes is removing firearms from vehicles when not in use.

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Special Agent Morrow urges gun owners to be proactive in preventing thefts, emphasizing the role of criminal organizations scouting neighborhoods. Lawful gun owners can play a vital role in keeping firearms away from criminals, he notes.

Every year, about 3,000 handgun theft reports are made in Kentucky, highlighting the importance of promptly notifying the authorities if a gun is taken. The ATF’s appeal for law-abiding gun ownership serves as a reminder of the teamwork needed to reduce crimes using firearms in Lexington.

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