NBC Bay Area: Gun Stores in Northern California Getting Hit Harder by Thieves

There has been a noticeable uptick in attempted robberies at gun stores. But it appears that the media is trying to create a story where there really is none, since these thefts still only represent a small fraction of all firearms thefts.

The number of guns stolen from gun shops in California nearly doubled between 2013 and 2015. Last year, more than 400 guns were reported stolen from California gun stores, according to ATF data. And those are just a fraction of all guns stolen in California.

According to data from the California Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms, more than 70,000 guns were reported lost or stolen by gun owners in the past five years. A joint investigation by NBC stations across California found at least 4,000 of those lost or stolen guns were later seized by police in connection to crimes.

The national numbers are even more troubling. In the past 10 years, more than 2 million guns have been reported stolen in the United States, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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