More firearms seized and ordered traced by Connecticut police have come from Texas than from any other out-of-state source, according to data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
About 285 firearms were traced to out-of-state sources in 2014. More than twice that many were purchased within Connecticut — the largest number of traced firearms traced to Connecticut since 2010, the first year for which data is publicly available.
Firearms traces are done by the ATF at the request of law enforcement agencies tracking the sale and possession of specific firearms as part of investigations. Not all firearms used in crime are traced.
Most of the time when firearms are brought to Connecticut from other states, they turn out to have been purchased there.
“People might be going down to visit family members or college kids who can get it down there and bring it home,” said Timothy Carroll, resident agent in charge of the ATF’s Hartford field office.
“If it’s illegal, they have people buy for them out of state, where it’s easier to obtain them, and then sell them in Connecticut,” he said.
More than twice as many recovered firearms were traced by law enforcement last year compared to the year before.
Whereas most firearms that end up illegally in Connecticut have been traced from states in the South, traced guns that originated in Connecticut and were seized elsewhere usually ended up only in other New England states or in New York.