Mayors across the country have pledged to share their crime gun recovery data.
31 members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns partnered with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund to release new data about the manufacturers of crime guns in their cities. In June 2022, 12 cities published data on the makers of crime guns in their cities. More cities joined since then and, with the most recent addition, 31 cities are now working with Everytown to collect and release this data. A full list of participating cities is available below.
Based on the data collected, the top manufacturer of recovered crime guns was Glock in 19 of the cities. Making the public aware of which companies are responsible for creating and profiting off the firearms that end up in crime scenes is a key part in starting to hold the firearms industry accountable.
According to data provided by participating cities, on average, more than 1.5 times more Glocks were recovered than the second leading source of crime guns. In 2021, four gun manufacturers accounted for over half of the recovered crime guns: Glock (21.1%), Smith & Wesson (13.5%), Taurus (13.0%), and Ruger (7.0%). Across the data provided by the 31 cities, these four gun manufacturers accounted for over 27,000 recovered crime guns in 2021. Additionally, the data shows that recoveries of ghost guns nearly tripled from 2020 to 2021; and Polymer80, the largest producer of ghost gun parts and kits, was the fifth-largest producer of crime guns in the cities surveyed in 2021.
Guns Recovered at Crime Scenes by Manufacturer in 2021
Source: Everytown for Gun Safety analysis of recovered crime gun data provided by 31 police departments, 2021.
There are several steps gun manufacturers could take to prevent diversion of their products to the criminal market. These include establishing a dealer code of conduct to ensure that retailers who sell their firearms adhere to basic guidelines, better monitoring their supply chains to detect dealers breaking the law, and stopping all work with dealers who sell guns in circumstances where guns may be sold without a background check, including gun shows and online marketplaces.